Natural England has given the culls final approval, and chosen Dorset as a reserve culling area.
A Government minister has hinted that the region's trial badger culls scheduled for later this year may NOT go ahead in the planned areas.
Two pilot badger culls in the Westcountry to tackle TB in cattle are to be delayed until next summer.
MPs have voted by a big majority AGAINST pressing ahead with the controversial badger culls in West Somerset and Gloucestershire.
147 of them voted against the culls and only 28 in favour.
The result is not, however, binding on the Government.
MPs in the House of Commons are debating the culling of badgers to prevent the spread of TB. On Tuesday plans for a cull in West Somerset were postponed until next summer following widespread protests. Many farmers are in favour of a cull because they say badgers spread TB to their cattle.
A debate about badger culling will be held in the House of Commons today, following widespread protests.
Plans for a trial badger cull in West Somerset have now been postponed to next summer. Many farmers are in favour of a cull because they say badgers spread TB to their cattle.
Protesters hoping to stop the badger cull have been lobbying MPs ahead of tomorrow's debate in the House of Commons.
Earlier this week, the Government announced that the two pilot culls, one of which is in West Somerset, are being delayed until next summer. The demonstrators hope they will be called off altogether following the debate.
Anti-badger cull campaigners have always claimed the cull was unnecessary and unscientific. David Woodland was with staff at Secret World Animal Sanctuary in Somerset when they heard today's announcement.
Two pilot badger culls in the south west of England to tackle tuberculosis in cattle are to be delayed until next summer, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said today.
DEFRA has announced that the trial cull of badgers to try to stop the spread of TB in cattle will go ahead, despite speculation of a postponement
The pilot was due to start in parts of West Somerset and Gloucestershire this month but has received widespread opposition.
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A West Country farmer, who's lost two hundred cattle to TB, says he's so fed up with the situation that he's selling up. It comes after news that there's to be a full Commons debate on the badger cull.
The National Farmers' Union has welcomed the debate, even though it's come about as a result of pressure from opponents. But it all comes too late for David Bolt from mid Devon. Bob Cruwys reports.
Defra’s Chief Scientist Professor Ian Boyd and Chief Vet Nigel Gibbens will be answering questions about the badger cull pilots live on Twitter from 12-1pm today.
They will be answering questions about the science and evidence upon which the policy is based and the Government’s wider approach to tackling the spread of TB in cattle.
You can send Ian and Nigel questions using #askDefra and follow the conversation via the department's Twitter account