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Protesters against the badger cull were out in Gloucestershire last night after rumours circulated on social media that shooting had begun.
They blew vuvuzelas to try and scatter the badgers at the country estate in Tewkesbury. The land has been earmarked for involvment a six week pilot cull to see if it will reduce TB in cattle.
Ken Goodwin reports.
Protesters against the badger cull were out last night patrolling one of the areas in Gloucestershire within the killing zone.
The cull is to try to halt the spread of TB from badgers to cattle.
The licenced culling period began last weekend, but protesters walking in the Forthampton area near Tewkesbury found no evidence it had started yet. But they say they'll be back:
Campaigners have been gathering in Gloucestershire tonight in the hopes of disrupting badger culling in the area.
Protesters met at Forthampton Estate - where one of the farms licensed to carry out a cull is based.
Campaigners against the badger cull are planning a protest near Tewkesbury tonight.
There are calls on social media for those opposing the ban to gather at Forthampton Estate - where one of the farms licensed to carry out a cull is based.
The controversial badger cull is due to begin from next week in two parts of the West Country - Gloucestershire and West Somerset . If it is deemed successful, the cull, aimed at stopping the spread of tuberculosis in cattle, will be rolled out across the country.
But those opposed to it are still hoping to prevent the trials from going ahead.
Campaigners against the badger cull are getting ready for the official start date in just over a week's time. The cull, which is taking place in parts of Somerset and Gloucestershire, is aimed at seeing if it makes a difference to TB in cattle. Our Gloucestershire Correspondent Ken Goodwin reports.
We interviewed Farming Minister and Somerset MP David Heath about the planned badger culls for West Somerset and West Gloucestershire. He hinted that they could take place elsewhere, but said it's up to the farmers.
A High Court hearing resumes today into whether the culling of badgers can take place in parts of the West Country. Lawyers for the conservation group, the Badger Trust, argue that the government has not followed the correct legal procedures.
Defra plans to allow farmers to shoot badgers in parts of West Somerset and Gloucestershire. The creatures have been linked to the spread of TB in cattle. The judge will give his ruling in a few weeks' time.
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