The RSPCA, which has campaigned against the cull, welcomed news of an expected delay to badger cull plans but said it must be more than a temporary reprieve.
The animal welfare charity's chief executive Gavin Grant said:
This is good news for badgers, cows, dairy farmers and animal-lovers alike.
Hopefully, it marks the beginning of the end for these unscientific, foolish and cruel plans to cull badgers.
We welcome this postponement, but this must not be a temporary reprieve, but must mark an end to all cull plans.
Science, the public and MPs from all parties had said very clearly that a cull is no answer to bovine TB.