Badger culls to go ahead

Controversial pilot badger cull schemes to try to tackle bovine TB in West Gloucestershire and West Somerset can go ahead later this year after the final licence conditions were met, the Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has said.

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RSPCA: Badger culls are 'senseless'

Animal welfare groups have reacted angrily to news that pilot badger culls will go ahead this summer. RSPCA chief executive Gavin Grant said:

Despite overwhelming scientific, public and parliamentary opposition the Government seems hell bent on pressing forward with their senseless plans to kill badgers.

All the evidence shows that the answer to the problems of bovine TB in cattle does not lie in a cull that will be ineffective, wasteful and potentially damaging to the welfare of both farm and wild animals.

We care about cattle and badgers alike and have great sympathy for the farmers dealing with the effects of this disease - but killing badgers is not the answer.

– Gavin Grant

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Paterson: Badger cull 'an important step'

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson today told farmers a badger cull would help prevent the spread of bovine TB:

Bovine TB is spreading at an alarming rate and causing real devastation to our beef and dairy industry.

The authorisation letters issued today confirming culling can proceed this summer in West Gloucestershire and West Somerset is an important step towards taking the action we need to tackle the spread of this disease in wildlife.

– Owen Paterson MP

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Badger culls will go ahead in summer, says Government

There has been fierce opposition to badger culls from animal rights groups Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Two pilot badger culls to tackle the spread of bovine TB will go ahead this summer in West Gloucestershire and West Somerset, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson confirmed today.

Speaking at the National Farmers Union annual conference, Mr Paterson announced that authorisation letters have been issued confirming the culls can proceed.

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