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Outrage at badger gassing tests

Campaigners are outraged that the Government has been testing gassing as a method of killing badgers.

No animals have been killed in the trials but a Freedom of Information request shows research on carbon monoxide gassing has been going on since last summer.

It's being investigated as a way of culling badgers to try to stop the spread of TB in cattle but Mark Jones, the Chief Executive of Humane Society International UK says not only is gassing badgers inhumane, culling them at all is totally unnecessary.

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Government tests gas as a method of killing badgers

The Government has been testing gas as a method of killing badgers to control the spread of TB Credit: PA

The Government has been testing gassing as a method of killing badgers.

No animals have been killed in the trials but a Freedom of Information request shows research on carbon monoxide gassing has been going on since last summer.

A DEFRA spokesperson said was too early to say whether gassing would be used in future badger culls.

PCC is "horrified" balaclavas are not against the law

Gloucestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner is calling for a change in the law on balaclavas, in the wake of the badger culls.

Martin Surl says they create an intimidating atmosphere. Senior officers complained when they were worn both by protesters and marksmen during the pilot cull in the county.

He is writing to the Home Secretary to ask for more limits on when they can be worn.

He told our reporter Katie Rowlett why he finds the wearing of balaclavas so offensive.

Gloucestershire PCC calls for law change on face coverings

Mock up: police researcher Annabelle Turner has been gauging reaction from the public.

Gloucestershire's PCC Martin Surl is backing a call for a law change on face coverings. It comes after the Commissioner questioned senior officers about the policing of the badger cull.

Officers said people on all sides wearing balaclavas raised tensions and led to an atmosphere of intimidation.

Call for restrictions on balaclavas following badger cull

Protesters during the pilot badger cull in Gloucestershire Credit: ITV News West Country

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire, Martin Surl, is calling for a law change on balaclavas, in the wake of the badger culls. He says protesters' and marksmen's face coverings created an intimidating atmosphere, and wants more limits on when they can be worn.

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TB hits farm of Dorset badger cull campaigner

A Dorset farmer who campaigned for the Badger Cull to be extended into the county, has spoken of his despair at the discovery of TB on his farm.

This afternoon Paul Gould from West Stour began the heartbreaking task of loading a quarter of his prize cattle onto a lorry to be taken off for slaughter. Eli-Louise Wringe has spent the day on the farm and has this report.

Team Badger reaction

It’s almost beyond belief that the Government is still trying to continue with its clumsy and ill-advised policy of badger killing. Last year's culls in Gloucester and Somerset have been condemned by its own advisory panel as inhumane and ineffective, and the scientific community has warned that the result of these culls will most likely be an actual worsening of the bTB problem in these areas.

There is no reason to suppose that future culls will be anything other than even more spectacular failures.

Millions of pounds of the taxpayers' money are being spent on killing mostly healthy wild animals – money that should now be spent on vaccination, which is the only realistic hope of eradicating bovine TB.

– Brian May, Queen Guitarist and founder of The Save Me Trust

It truly beggars belief that despite overwhelming scientific consensus that culling badgers can make no meaningful contribution to tackling bovine TB; despite damning evidence from post mortems, Natural England observations and the leaked IEP report that the pilot culls were inhumane and caused unacceptable badger suffering; and despite considerable political and public opposition to further badger persecution, this government still arrogantly refuses to listen to sense or science.

– Mark Jones, Gloucestershire vet, & executive director of Humane Society International UK

Bill Oddie addresses anti badger cull demo

Bill Oddie addresses the crowd at Westminster Credit: ITV News West Country

Wildlife campaigner Bill Oddie has addressed a crowd of anti-badger cull protestors who have gathered outside Parliament in advance of this afternoon's debate.

Protestors prepare to lobby MPs at Westminster Credit: ITV News West Country

Kelly Brook's ex crashed vanload of dead badgers in Gloucester

A former boyfriend of model Kelly Brook has been fined for careless driving after crashing a van loaded with dead badgers into a bus stop in Gloucester. David McIntosh had been hired to transport the carcasses during last year's badger cull.

McIntosh pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention in a letter to Stroud magistrates. The former Royal Marine, who has appeared on the television show Gladiators, claimed the crash was caused when the radio he used to receive messages from police fell under his foot pedals.

McIntosh, 28, of Altrincham, Cheshire, was fined £91 with a £20 victim surcharge, told to pay £30 costs and his licence was endorsed with six penalty points. Police have denied claims they told marksmen involved in the controversial badger cull the location of protesters.

"We are aware that David McIntosh pleaded guilty today to driving without due care and attention and driving other than in accordance with a licence, following a road traffic collision in September last year.

"We are also aware of his reasons for that crash.

"We would like to make it perfectly clear that at no point during the pilot badger cull did police communicate the location of protesters to any contractors

"We are now investigating the comments made by Mr McIntosh and determining if any further action is appropriate."

– Gloucestershire Police spokeswoman
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