Sides square up over badger cull

ITV News hears both sides of the badger debate following the Government's decision to push ahead with a cull to help tackle tuberculosis. The first licence to kill the wild animal was issued for a pilot cull in Gloucestershire.

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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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