Experts urge Government to reconsider cull

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.

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Proposed Badger Cull

More than 100,000 people have signed an online petition opposing the cull of badgers planned for Gloucestershire and West Somerset. It could mean the decision is referred back to parliament for further debate.