Prince Charles Requested a Badger Cull From Tony Blair

By Nick Cowen on at

Well, here's something we didn't think we'd hear as a result of Prince Charles's letters - or the 'black spider memos' as they are known, due to his spindly handwriting - being made public knowledge; the call for a badger cull.

In 2005 Prince Charles, in a 17-page exchange with then Prime Minister Tony Blair, apparently called for a culling of the furry countryside creatures to fight against tuberculosis in cattle.

"I do urge you to look again at introducing a proper cull of badgers where it is necessary," he wrote.

Not only that, but he went on to call out the pro-Badger lobby as 'intellectually dishonest' in its efforts to protect the critters.

"I, for one, cannot understand how the 'badger lobby' seem to mind not at all about the slaughter of thousands of expensive cattle, and yet object to a managed cull of an over-population of badgers – to me, this is intellectually dishonest," he wrote.

Damn, those pro-badger people and their blind love for badgers, eh? In any event, it turns out that the Labour government decided not to take Prince Charles's advice, although the Coalition government did in 2013. Now that the Conservatives are back in power with a majority, it's likely the culls will continue - in the southwest to begin with, according to the BBC. Maybe the badgers voted Labour...