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A charity has accused Jeremy Clarkson of 'demonising badgers' after he claimed the creatures are causing farmers to take their own lives.

The much-anticipated second season of Clarkson's Farm was released on Friday (10 February), and this time around he takes on cattle - which means he also takes on badgers.

Speaking to LADbible on his Diddly Squat farm, the 62-year-old was unequivocal in his assessment of the 'evil, vicious b******s' and the impact they're having on farmers across the country.

You can watch him explain his views below:

In the second season of the hit Prime Video series, in which Clarkson attempts to run his 1,000-acre farm in the Cotswolds, his endeavours continue to be expensive, challenging and inhibited by the government.

In the case of cattle, tuberculosis-carrying badgers cause the biggest headache for Clarkson, with episode four 'Badgering' highlighting how much the problem costs taxpayers.

Clarkson subsequently attempts to combat the protected mammals without killing them - though this is a caveat he could do without.

"When you get cows, the biggest problem you have are badgers, by miles, just off the charts," he said.

"Obviously, you have Brian May and Chris Packham and so on who say, 'Well, they're cuddly little things, and Wind in the Willows, and aren't they lovely?'

"They're not - they're evil, vicious b******s who eviscerate hedgehogs.

"The reason you don't see hedgehogs, they go, 'Well people aren't looking after them.' Yes they are - badgers are eating them."

Clarkson claimed badgers are causing farmers to take their own lives. Credit: Prime Video
Clarkson claimed badgers are causing farmers to take their own lives. Credit: Prime Video

"Badgers are protected," he said. "And badgers give cows TB.

"You'd be amazed how many farmers are committing suicide, genuinely, you'd be staggered... When their herds get TB, because that's it, you know, you're locked down."

Asked whether badgers, in an indirect way, were causing farmers to take their own lives, Clarkson replied: "No, in a direct way. In a direct way. They definitely 100 percent are."

But while Clarkson was crystal clear in his view of the creatures, he's been accused of being 'spectacularly misinformed' on the subject.

Clarkson has been accused of 'demonising badgers'. Credit: Rob Gray / Alamy Stock Photo
Clarkson has been accused of 'demonising badgers'. Credit: Rob Gray / Alamy Stock Photo

Peter Hambly, executive director of the Badger Trust, criticised Clarkson's 'wildly inaccurate' comments, arguing that he is using badgers as a scapegoat.

"Unfortunately, Jeremy Clarkson is part of a long tradition of demonising badgers in this country," Hambly told LADbible.

"The effect of bovine TB outbreaks on herds and farmers is awful, but don't blame badgers. Cows are the primary spreaders of bovine tuberculosis in England, not badgers.

"It's an infectious respiratory disease - over 94 percent of cattle infections are cow-to-cow. So the biggest risk factors for any cattle herd are cow-related - poorly regulated cattle movement, poor biosecurity, and outdated, unreliable cattle testing. Yet it's easier to scapegoat badgers."

He continued: "The government has slaughtered 200,000 badgers in England since 2012 - around half of Britain's estimated badger population.

"Yet there has been little effect on the disease because science consistently shows that badgers are not the problem. Scotland and Wales don't cull badgers and have better results dealing with the disease."

Hambly added: "It's sad that Jeremy is so spectacularly misinformed and decided to pick on a protected wild animal that has lived in this country for over 250,000 years and whose future is so threatened."