Badger cull could be extended

A pilot badger cull is set to be extended by up to three weeks because fewer animals were killed than had been hoped. Wildlife campaigner Brian May has called the cull "morally wrong".

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Badger culls to continue in west Somerset

The trial period is likely to be extended by three weeks to hit the target of eradicating 70% of the animals. Credit: PA

Badger culls are to continue in one of the areas where the controversial measure has been trialled.

Natural England said a new licence authorises a three-week control operation to be carried out in west Somerset this autumn, while an application to extend it in the second area - west Gloucestershire - has also been received.

It comes after the action, intended to limit the spread of bovine tuberculosis, was this week condemned as a "farce" after ministers admitted that not enough animals are being killed.

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