Facts about the badger cull

  • The first licence to kill badgers was issued for a pilot cull in Gloucestershire.
  • Farmers will be licensed to shoot up to 70% of the badgers in a 300 square kilometre area in Gloucestershire.
  • A second licence for a pilot cull in Somerset is still being considered.
  • A long-term study found that culling over a number of years on a large scale could reduce the incidence of TB in cattle herds by 16%.

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Badger Cull Debate

A protest is being organised by Nottingham animal rights activists against the proposed badger cull. Farmers and campaigners say it'll tackle disease in cattle - those against say it's unscientific and unethical.