Half way through the badger cull and the Government says it IS on track. It's got three more weeks to run in West Somerset, but there are claims marksmen aren't killing enough badgers to make the trial scientifically worthwhile.
Today Farming Minister David Heath told ITV West Country the cull will be properly assessed at the end of the trial. Our environment correspondent, Duncan Sleightholme reports.
The animal rescue centre Secret World in Highbridge, Somerset, says a post mortem on a dead badger (pictured) proves the animals are suffering painful deaths as part of the badger cull. It is the first photo released of a culled badger.
They say that the position of the badger's organs outside its body - which is too graphic to publish - and the fact it was found away from its sett, show that it did not die instantaneously, but ran away mortally wounded.
Around 400 people braved the rain and turned out to march in opposition to the badger cull in Taunton this morning. They started from Goodland Gardens and walked to Vivary Park. Police say there were no problems.
An anti badger cull march has got underway in Taunton. Opponents gathered at Goodland Gardens and will march in opposition to the pilot culling that is currently underway in West Somerset and parts of Gloucestershire.
Around 5,000 of the animals are expected to be killed in controlled shootings over six weeks in Somerset and Gloucestershire.