Environment Secretary Owen Paterson today told farmers a badger cull would help prevent the spread of bovine TB:
Bovine TB is spreading at an alarming rate and causing real devastation to our beef and dairy industry.
The authorisation letters issued today confirming culling can proceed this summer in West Gloucestershire and West Somerset is an important step towards taking the action we need to tackle the spread of this disease in wildlife.
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