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.
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Posters warning residents to stay indoors during a badger cull because of the dangers of stray bullets have been branded as scaremongering.
They've been put up in villages near where a pilot badger cull will take place in Gloucestershire.
They warn people to keep their children and pets indoors when the cull starts.
Ken Goodwin reports:
Protesters are beginning a campaign of direct action against the government's planned cull of badgers in Gloucestershire, which is due to take place in the autumn.
Today campaigners have been mapping and plotting out setts across the county.
Our Gloucestershire correspondent Ken Goodwin spent the day with some of them:
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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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