The statement Princess Anne made to BBC's Country File in regards to badger culling was irresponsible and may encourage illegal killing. This is why, at least in Sweden, the royal family is banned from making public statements about things that really matter.
Woodroffe said: "The problem seemed to be that badger sets are built to hold warm air in and keep cold draft out, so it was very difficult to achieve lethal concentration of gas. And sub-lethal concentrations of gas were inhumane – that's why ministers banned gassing in 1982." She suggested the princess was being too simplistic. "It is tempting to think it would be easier to kill badgers when they are a sitting target under ground, but it turns out from reports from the 70s that it is just not that straight forward," Woodroofe said.