A protester has told ITV's Daybreak that the badger cull is "unscientific, unethical and illegal" after the six-week pilot scheme began last night.
A number of protesters have vowed to remain in "Camp Badger" in west Somerset for the duration of the cull.
Several animals were believed to have been killed in the area last night, leaving the protester "sickened" and "devastated".
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