First badger cull begins in Gloucestershire and Somerset

The first badger cull in England has started.
The first badger cull in England has started. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

The first pilot badger cull operations have begun in west Gloucestershire and west Somerset, the National Farmers' Union have said.

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May leads anti-badger cull walk

Queen guitarist Brian May has joined dozens of anti-badger cull protesters on a night walk through one of the controversial pilot areas. The culling in Gloucestershire and Somerset aims to tackle tuberculosis in cattle by killing 5,000 badgers.