Council votes to ask Government to find 'more humane solution' to badger cull.
Taunton Deane Borough Council is to call on the Government to find a more humane solution to the problem of bovine TB.
More than 100,000 people have signed an online petition opposing the cull of badgers planned for Gloucestershire and West Somerset.
The singer Brian May, one of the leading opponents of the badger cull, is due to meet protesters in Gloucestershire later.
The trial cull, aimed at controlling the spread of TB in cattle, is underway in Somerset and is widely believed to have started in West Gloucestershire. Mr May will also meet people living near the cull zone to discuss their views on the operation.
Talking to us before his Team Badger meeting, Brian May said the alternative and real "Holy Grail" to getting over the problem of TB is to vaccinate cows.
The Queen guitarist Brian May will address a public meeting in Taunton tonight about the planned badger cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset. The cull - an attempt to stop badgers passing TB to cattle - is due to start in two months' time.
Brian May has been one of the cull's most prominent opponents. He has created an e-petition urging the government to abandon it.
TeamBadger is holding a protest in Taunton town centre today. Its members are campaigning against the hugely controversial badger cull planned in Somerset and Gloucestershire this summer - an attempt to stop badgers passing TB to cattle.
The protestors will be handing out leaflets and encouraging the public to sign a government petition against the cull, created by the Queen guitarist Brian May.
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.
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.
Natural England has today issued a licence permitting a badger cull in West Somerset. It is for the purpose of preventing the spread of bovine tuberculosis. It covers approximately 250km2 and over 70% of the East Somerset pilot area.
Tracey De Young from the Gloucestershire Police Federation says it's had more complaints about this than any other subject.