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Badger cull is 'ineffective, inhumane and unnecessary' says Vegan Society

Jimmy Pierce from the Vegan Society told ITV News today that the badger cull is 'ineffective, inhumane and entirely unnecessary.'

The Vegan Society are asking people to cut out dairy from their diet to remove the demand for cows milk and stop the need for badger culling.

Major Oak in running to be European Tree of the year

Robin hood re-enactors at Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire Credit: PA

Nottinghamshire's most famous tree the Major Oak could become even more famous if it wins the title of European Tree of the year next week.

People are being urged to vote for the mighty oak made famous by the legend of Robin Hood, in the final week of the online poll.

A wintry Major Oak in Sherwood Forest earlier this year Credit: PA

The Major Oak has already gained 6,000 votes but is being beaten by entries from Hungary and Estonia.

To see the other entrants, and to place your vote CLICK HERE.

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Pictures of anti-culling protesters in Birmingham city centre

They gathered outside a meeting of the National Farmers' Union, and they say farmers exaggerate the harm caused by badgers to dairy cows Credit: ITV Central
The march was part of the Birmingham Wildlife Festival and protesters described themselves as the 'Badger Army' Credit: ITV Central
The campaigners marched from Centenary Square to St Philip's Cathedral, demanding badger culling be stopped Credit: ITV Central
Bill Oddie OBE attended the festival and spoke out for animal rights Credit: ITV Central

Hundreds march through Birmingham against badger culls

Protesters marched from Centenary Square to St Philip's Cathedral Credit: ITV Central

Hundred of protesters gathered in Birmingham city centre today to protest against planned badger culls.

The protesters gathered in Centenary Square, outside the annual conference of the National Farmers' Union (NFU). The NFU says badger culling is necessary to stop the spread of disease in dairy cows, but the protesters disagree.

They want the government to put a stop to badger culling altogether.

Fish rescue in leaking Birmingham canal delayed

The Worcester Stop Lock at Gas Street Basin in Birmingham Credit: Canal & River Trust

Thousands of fish are being rescued from a stretch of canal in Birmingham city centre this weekend after it sprung a leak earlier this week.

The Canal & River Trust were originally expected to start work this afternoon, but they have been forced to postpone until tomorrow.

They are to drain a 200 metre section of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal to investigate water seeping from an aqueduct into a service road and disused railway tunnel.

The fish will be stunned with electricity, before being taken out of the drained canal by experts.

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Midlands set to mark Shrove Tuesday

It is Shrove Tuesday today and events are being held across the Midlands to mark Pancake Day.

Shrove Tuesday Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Leicester's market square will be transformed into a racetrack from 12:30pm, with participants tossing pancakes in a frying pan as they run around obstacles at breakneck speed.

The pancake tossing will begin at 12:45pm in Coventry's Broadgate. Teams of four can enter the day's races but everyone must bring their own frying pan.

Residents take part in the Atherstone Ball Game Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The annual Atherstone Ball Game will be taking place in Warwickshire at 3pm today

This lively tradition has been going for 800 years. Scores of people are expected to gather on Long Street as residents today as residents literally brawl over a large leather ball.

Shops in the town's ancient streets are boarded up, schools are closed and townsfolk vie to win the contest by being the person holding the ball at 5pm.

There'll be scores of other Pancake-themed events taking place across the region today.

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