More than 100 cage traps used to capture badgers have been stolen or destroyed in west Gloucestershire. According to a BBC report, "cages had been cut in half with bolt croppers and others had been hit with sledge hammers or flattened by people jumping on them."

The British government's "badger cull," an ill-conceived plan to stop the spread of TB in cows, ended on November 30, three weeks earlier than planned. Hundreds of badgers in Gloucestershire and Somerset were needlessly killed since the start of the cull in August.