Badger culling could take place 'more widely' across UK

The Government plans to roll out badger culling more widely in hotspots of the TB disease, if this weekend's pilot culls are successful.

The costs of the cull will be borne by farmers.

But experts, including scientists behind the long-term trial, have raised concerns that the policy will have "unimpressive" results in reducing TB and suggested that it does not make economic sense.

And protesters, led by rock star Brian May, have pledged to do everything possible to stop the cull, which they claim is not justified by the science and is inhumane.

Read: Protests to begin over controversial badger culling

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Protests over badger culling

Controversial culling of badgers as part of efforts to tackle TB in cattle goes ahead from this weekend, in the face of protests from animal welfare campaigners.