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The three week extension of the badger cull in Somerset has failed to reach its target.
The Government has announced 90 badgers were killed in the period up to Friday, taking the total number killed in the cull area to 940.
That represents a 65% reduction in the badger population - less than the 70% target.
Today I am announcing to the House that the three week extension period in
the Somerset control area concluded as planned on Friday 1st November.
During this period, a further 90 badgers have been removed, giving an overall total of 940 for the first year of the four year cull.
This represents a reduction of 65% in the estimated badger population before culling began.
This will deliver clear disease benefits as part of a four year cull in the area.
A similar cull in Gloucestershire has been extended until December 18th.
The National Trust will not allow the culling of badgers to take place on its land for the foreseeable future.
Members voted at their annual general meeting in Cardiff to allow the current vaccination programme at Killerton in Devon to continue but won't expand the programme nationally.
Culling won't be allowed until more scientific evidence is made available about whether either culling or vaccinating really have an impact on Bovine TB.
The badger cull itself could cause a fresh spread of TB, according to research from the University of Exeter.
The process that aims to contain the spread of the disease disturbs badgers social structures.
Scientists say badgers who carry it are usually shunned, but culling could see TB spread faster.
Queen Star and anti-badger cull campaigner Brian May has called for the resignation of Environment Secretary Owen Paterson over the pilot cull.
The guitarist said Mr Paterson had failed to meet the test of "honesty and transparency" expected by the public.
Statistics from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) revealed that the six-week cull, which aimed to kill 70% of the badgers in Gloucestershire and Somerset failed to meet targets.
As a result, cull operators applied to Natural England to extend the shooting period.
The Badger Trust has issued a "pre-action protocol letter" over the proposed eight-week extension of the badger cull in Gloucestershire.
An extra three weeks was granted in Somerset, where 60% of the badger population was culled.
A "pre-action protocol letter" to Natural England and the Treasury Solicitor for the Secretary of State Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has been actioned by the Trust.
It is the first stage in seeking a judicial review in the High Court, the letter states:
We consider that the decision to extend the cull in Somerset was unlawful, particularly in the light of those documents.
But given that we have only just seen them and given the relatively shorter extension there, we have advised our clients that it would not now be practicable (given the court process) to seek injunctive relief to prevent it.
But that is not the case in relation to the contemplated decision in relation to Gloucestershire not least because of the much longer extension (eight weeks) being sought (and not yet granted) and the fact that our clients have now seen the nature of the arguments being relied on to justify further culling.
The badger cull in West Somerset has already been extended and now it's likely that the cull in the other pilot area will be too.
The number of badgers killed during the six weeks in Gloucestershire has fallen far short of the Government's target.
708 of the animals were shot - that's less than 30% of the area's estimated badger population.
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson MP claims the cull has been 'a success' in an interview with ITV News West Country's Ian Axton.