Badger Skull (Meles meles)
Hertfordshire, England, 1984

This skull was excavated by a later generation of badgers while extending their sett. The badger almost certainly died from natural causes, but I used the skull to protest about the badger culling policy of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

The cyanide tin was from a sett which had been 'controlled'. When I included this picture in a local exhibition, I was asked to 'tone down' this caption:

MAFF believe that badgers are a problem. This is their final solution.

MAFF has now changed its name, but not its spots, and like its counterpart in the Irish Republic, it cannot grasp that wholesale slaughter of native wildlife is not an acceptable means of assisting an industry in need of help.

Badger Skull