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Protesters campaign against the badger cull

Protesters rally against the badger cull Credit: ITV News

As the badger cull in the South West draws to a close, protesters have been staging a demonstration outside Natural England's offices in Exeter.

They blame Natural England for issuing licences for the cull and overseeing it - and claim that it is not proven to stop the spread of TB. They also claim some of the animals have been killed inhumanely.

Jenny Pike from Devon and Cornwall Against the Badger Cull says she is just an ordinary person who cares about wildlife and believes the Natural England's reasoning is wrong.

A creative display at today's demonstration Credit: ITV News

The government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has said that badger control is needed because

"we still need to tackle TB in order to support high standards of animal health and welfare, to promote sustainable beef and dairy sectors, to meet EU legal and trade requirements and to reduce the cost and burden on farmers and taxpayers."

The picket near Natural England's headquarters in Exeter Credit: ITV News