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.

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NFU president explains why cull delay was necessary

In his letter to the Environment Secretary, National Farmers' Union president Peter Kendall said the cull had been delayed to autumn this year by the need to focus policing resources on the Olympics.

Due to the lateness in the year, the news that there are more badgers in the pilot cull areas than previously estimated, and the recent "appalling" weather, the industry had taken the decision to put back the cull until next year.

The industry is saying we need to do this, but we must get it right. The weather has been appalling and we've learnt the numbers are higher than anticipated.

This is a responsible decision by the farming industry to make sure we get this right.

– National Farmers' Union president Peter Kendall

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