The Humane Society International UK's executive director and vet Mark Jones said:
This is a dark day for Britain as science and ethics have been sacrificed at the altar of political expediency.
Thousands of innocent badgers will now suffer and die in a completely unjustified slaughter that will at best have a marginal impact on TB in cattle and could very well make the problem worse.
This cull isn't just about badgers, it's about the disgraceful way in which our government has cast aside scientific rigour, moral accountability and transparency to pacify those who would rather shoot wildlife than modernise the cattle industry.
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