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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.

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

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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.

Pilot badger culls come to an end but remain controversial

The latest pilot badger culls officially end tonight in Gloucestershire and Somerset.

The National Farmers Union told ITV News Central it felt the cull had gone better this year.

But anti-cull campaigners say it was a failure last year and support vaccinations instead of culls.

Badger cull results will decide whether the scheme is used elsewhere

Badger culls come to an end in Gloucestershire & Somerset. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The latest pilot badger culls officially end tonight in Gloucestershire and Somerset.

The government is attempting to reduce the spread of Bovine TB, which is a major problem for UK farmers.

The results from these trials will determine whether or not the culling scheme is rolled out to TB hotspots nationwide.

The decision has been controversial with anti-cull campaigners however, who believe a vaccination is the better option.

Hundreds to attend Stratford badger cull protest

A protest against the cull is taking place in Stratford Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Hundreds of people are expected to take part in a protest against the badger cull today.

The cull is aimed at stopping the spread of the TB disease to cattle but speakers from The Badger Trust at the event tomorrow say a cull is very expensive and could lead to more cases of TB being recorded.

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Report finds badger cull 'ineffective & inhumane'

The pilot badger cull took place in Gloucestershire in Autumn 2013 Credit: PA

A Government-commissioned investigation into the 2013 pilot badger culls in one part of the Midlands is said to have found they were ineffective and inhumane, according to BBC reports.

The controversial pilot culls took place in parts of Gloucestershire and Somerset in an attempt to tackle the number of cases of TB in cattle, but research found the number of badgers killed fell short of targets set to limit the spread of the disease.

The aim was to kill 70% in cull areas within a six-week period, but fewer than 50% of badgers were killed in both areas during the first six weeks. Over 5% of badgers took longer than five minutes to die, failing the test for humaneness

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DEFRA: We knew there'd be lessons to be learned

The Independent Expert Panel has not submitted its report to ministers and the report has not been published. We knew there’d be lessons to be learned from the first year of the pilot culls which is why we’re looking forward to receiving the panel’s recommendations for improving the way they are carried out, because we need to do all we can to tackle this devastating disease.

– A DEFRA spokesperson
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Brian May: People won't stand for 'cruel' badger culls

We should also mention that the report discovered that it was very inhumane as well. I don't think people will stand for this. You're talking about badgers taking five or 10 minutes to die. Owen Paterson's denied that but it's obviously true. [...] I have a lot of sympathy for farmers but this is not the way to solve the problem. The way we believe we can solve it is by vaccinating the badgers, and also vaccinating the cows. [...] Badgers can be vaccinated for about £120 a head, but it has just cost £4,200 per badger to kill the poor things.

– Brian May, Queen guitarist and leading anti-cull campaigner, speaking on BBC Breakfast
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