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Queen star Brian May has called the news that badger culls are to go ahead "very, very sad".
May said his initial reaction was "sadness and a certain amount of frustration":
Animal welfare groups have reacted angrily to news that pilot badger culls will go ahead this summer. RSPCA chief executive Gavin Grant said:
A total of up to 5,000 badgers will be killed in West Gloucestershire and West Somerset in summer culls confirmed by the Government today.
The licences for the two pilot schemes will allow culling to take place annually over a six-week period for four years.
Following the Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson announcing badger cull plans, protesters have gathered outside the ICC in Birmingham where the NFU conference is taking place.
An area in Dorset will be prepared as a reserve in case one of the existing licensed cull areas is unable to proceed, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said.
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson today told farmers a badger cull would help prevent the spread of bovine TB:
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.