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MPs have voted by an overwhelming majority to end the badger cull, following last year's pilots in Somerset and Gloucestershire. But despite the huge margin of 219 to one, it WON'T change the policy of the Government, whose MPs chose to abstain. Here's Bob Constantine.
Wildlife campaigner Bill Oddie has addressed a crowd of anti-badger cull protestors who have gathered outside Parliament in advance of this afternoon's debate.
The region's pilot badger cull was ineffective and too many animals suffered. That's according to an independent study commissioned by the government. It found the number of badgers killed in Somerset fell short of targets - designed to limit the spread of TB in cattle.
Pauline Kidner from Secret Life Wildlife Rescue says the pilot has highlighted the solution.
A Government-commissioned investigation into the 2013 pilot badger culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset is said to have found they were ineffective and inhumane, according to BBC reports.
Research commissioned by the Government found that the number of badgers killed fell short of targets set to limit the spread of TB in cattle:
- The aim was to kill 70% in cull areas within a six-week period, but fewer than 50% of badgers were killed in both areas during the first six weeks
- Over 5% of badgers took longer than five minutes to die, failing the test for humaneness