Natural England has released a statement giving its reasons why it has chosen to end the extended pilot badger cull in West Gloucestershire early.
This decision has been taken based on the decreasing number of badgers seen by contractors over recent weeks which makes achieving a further significant reduction in the coming weeks unlikely. The end of the cage-trapping season tomorrow was agreed by the cull company and Natural England as a sensible point to stop activity.
Defra will update Parliament on Monday with the final number of badgers removed during the extension period.
The eight-week licence extension was granted by Natural England on 23 October.
Natural England has released a statement saying that it has agreed with the company undertaking the pilot badger cull in west Gloucestershire that culling operations will cease tomorrow (Saturday, 30 November).
It adds that, following discussions with the NFU, the cull company and Natural England, the licence for the extension of this year’s pilot cull will stop with effect from noon on Saturday.
The licence for the cull - which was introduced to curb the spread of TB in cattle had been extended as not enough badgers had been killed for the trial.
The inquest into the death of Sophia Lily Parslow's heard her mother left her watching Peppa Pig on TV for just a few minutes.
She returned to find the 17 month old hanging from a roller blind cord.
It's believed Sophia had probably climbed onto a chair to look out of the window or at a photograph of herself when she became entangled in the cord.
Her mother Amanda O'Halloran from Tirley said she was only gone for a few minutes to get a new nappy.
When I came downstairs I panicked because I could not see her anywhere. Then I saw her behind the right hand curtains - she was suspended by the roller blind chain around her neck."I could see that she had vomited. I dialled 999, put her on the floor and gave her CPR for 10 minutes whilst still on the phone.
An ornament on the window sill had been knocked over and a picture of Sophia, which she liked to look at, was behind the curtain.She could have tried to get the picture, knocked over the ornaments and got entangled in the looped cord.
– Amanda O'Halloran, Sophia Parslow's mother
No parent ever thinks this will happen to them. It's every parent's worst nightmare. It was tragic accident.
– Asst Coroner for Glos, Katy Skerret
After the tragedy Amanda and Chris launched a campaign for loop cords on window blinds to be outlawed.The British Blind and Shutter Organisation has since announced that regulation changes will be introduced next March to ensure safety devices accompany cord blinds.