The Government says the badger cull in Gloucestershire killed just over half the original target but may extend policy next year
An online petition against the cull of badgers which was started by Queen guitarist Brian May has secured more than 250,000 signatures.
Two trials of badger culling can legally get underway on Saturday 1 June.
The Somerset MP who HAD been in charge of the badger cull has described his sacking as "brutal".
David Heath, Liberal Democrat MP for Somerton and Frome, was dropped as farming minister last week and now says he won't stand again at the next election.
He told us he didn't believe it was connected to the failure to reach targets for the cull in Somerset.
You can see our Political Correspondent Bob Constantine's full interview with Mr Heath here.
Somerset MP David Heath has been talking about his decision to step down at the next election, and his sacking as farming minister in charge of the badger cull.
Mr Heath - Liberal Democrat MP for the marginal constituency of Somerton and Frome, was speaking at Westminster to our political correspondent Bob Constantine.
A woman arrested as part of Operation Themis - Gloucestershire Police's response to the badger cull - has been charged with attempting to steal a firearm. She has also been charged with using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.
31-year-old Madeline Buckler from Merseyside has been bailed to appear before magistrates next month.
She was arrested on Friday night (October 11) after an incident in the pilot badger area in Newent on Wednesday.
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson hinted today that badgers could be gassed rather than shot, in the effort to control TB in cattle.
One Labour MP called on him to resign after it was revealed that the trial culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire might have to be extended because not enough animals had been killed.
Mr Paterson insisted the policy had been a success - but suggested that alternative methods were being looked at, as Bob Constantine reports.
As the prospect of gassing badgers to help control the spread of TB in cattle is raised in Parliament today, it brings back memories of the 1980s in Gloucestershire when the culling method was used, to the dismay of animal rights protesters.
Here's a brief clip of our footage from the time.
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson faced further criticism today over the controversial cull of badgers in Somerset and Gloucestershire. One Labour MP called on him to resign after it was revealed that the culls might have to be extended because not enough animals had been shot.
Mr Paterson insisted the policy had been a success - but hinted that alternative methods were being looked at, as Bob Constantine reports.
The Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, has today admitted that the Government IS looking at gassing badgers in its efforts to control the spread of TB in cattle.
It came in an exchange with Caroline Lucas, the Green MP for Brighton Pavilion.
The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson MP (Con, North Shropshire) has told the House of Commons that he will examine gassing as a means of culling badgers. It would only be used, he said, if it is proven to be 'safe, effective and humane.' Previously, badgers have been killed by shooting.
Kerry McCarthy MP (Lab, Bristol East) has told the House of Commons that the £4 million spent policing this summer's badger cull would have been better spent on developing a TB vaccine for cattle.
Campaigners have reacted angrily after it emerged that badger culls in Somerset could continue for another three weeks because not enough animals have been killed.
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said the culls could now be extended.
The six week trial in west Somerset has killed 850 badgers - but that's some way short of the 2000 target.
Our environment correspondent Duncan Sleightholme reports.