Proposed Badger Cull

More than 100,000 people have signed an online petition opposing the cull of badgers planned for Gloucestershire and West Somerset. It could mean the decision is referred back to parliament for further debate.

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Commons to debate badger cull

In the last hour it has emerged that a debate will take place in the House of Commons next week to discuss the impending badger cull.

It comes as hundreds of people are gathering at Dunster in West Somerset tonight for a big protest against the cull, which is expected to start in the next few days.

The full 6 hour debate will take place on Thursday 25th October after a petition exceeding 100,000 signatures was gathered by Queen guitarist Brian May.

Experts urge Government to reconsider cull

More than 30 leading animal disease experts have urged the Government to reconsider culling badgers in Somerset and Gloucestershire. In a letter to the Observer newspaper they say the pilot culls risk increasing the spread of TB in cattle rather than reducing it.

Supporters of the cull say killing the animals is the best way to tackle the disease in the absence of effective vaccines.

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