Badger cull 'was not a U-turn'

Plans to cull thousands of badgers in England to tackle tuberculosis in cattle have been abandoned until next summer.

The Environment Secretary Owen Patterson insisted it was not a government U-turn and the delay had been caused by the Olympics, legal proceedings and bad weather.

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Planned badger cull is delayed

The Government has confirmed it is to delay two badger cull pilot schemes to tackle TB in cattle until next summer, claiming it is at the request of the National Farmer's Union.