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.
– National Farmers' Union president Peter Kendall
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.