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MPs are debating the culling of badgers today

MPs are debating the culling of badgers today. Credit: ITV West

MPs in the House of Commons are debating the culling of badgers to prevent the spread of TB.

On Tuesday plans for a cull in West Somerset and Gloucestershire were postponed until next summer following widespread protests.

Many farmers are in favour of a cull because they say badgers spread TB to their cattle.

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Commons debate on the badger cull

The badger cull is being introduced to try to stop the spread of TB in cattle Credit: ITV West

A debate about badger culling will be held in the House of Commons today, following widespread protests.

Plans for trial badger culls in Gloucestershire and West Somerset have now been postponed to next summer. Many farmers are in favour of a cull because they say badgers spread TB to their cattle.

Anti-badger cull protesters lobby parliament

Protesters hoping to stop the badger cull have been lobbying MPs ahead of tomorrow's debate in the House of Commons.

Badger cull protesters demonstrating at Westminster earlier today Credit: ITV West

Earlier this week, the Government announced that the pilot culls in Gloucestershire and West Somerset are being delayed until next summer but the demonstrators hope they will be called off altogether following the debate.

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MP Warns Celebrities Over Badger Cull

An MP has warned celebrities who've protested against the badger cull in West Somerset and Gloucestershire to be aware of the possible impact on the farming community.

Totnes Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston says support from famous people could lead to attacks on farmers. The musician Brian May is one of those fighting the trial badger cull which is due to start this autumn.

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