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cull

  1. to take out (an animal, especially an inferior one) from a herd.
  2. to reduce the numbers of a population of animals by killing them, e.g. seal culls.
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At a local scale, replacement of culled animals by compensatory immigration may be a key demographic process in culled populations, with strong implications for control strategy (Smith 1985, Hone 1994, Lieury et al.
In the 7-km control zone ringing the quarantine zone, 36 teams deployed by the Pampanga provincial government have culled 34,565 ducks, 16,347 quails, 28,264 egg-laying chickens and 33,939 broilers or chickens grown for meat.
Yet both organisations support more aggressive cattlecontrol policies which would lead to more uninfected cattle being culled.
With 2,476 badgers killed in the first two years of culling, the price tag works out at [pounds sterling]6,775 for each animal culled, the Badger Trust said.
Should indigenous wildlife be culled to reduce the economic impact of a disease in domesticated animals?
The numbers to be culled have been based on scientific kangaroo counts in each location.
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled the general population, who had not taken an active interest in the proposals, would not be aware of the proportion expected to be culled.
As we speak, thousands of innocent animals are being culled in our countryside and we do not know the extent of their suffering or how humane the methods being used to kill them are."
RSPCA chief executive Gavin Grant said: "As we speak, thousands of innocent animals are being culled in our countryside - and we do not know the extent of their suffering or how humane the methods being used are."