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Outrage at badger gassing tests

Campaigners are outraged that the Government has been testing gassing as a method of killing badgers.

No animals have been killed in the trials but a Freedom of Information request shows research on carbon monoxide gassing has been going on since last summer.

It's being investigated as a way of culling badgers to try to stop the spread of TB in cattle but Mark Jones, the Chief Executive of Humane Society International UK says not only is gassing badgers inhumane, culling them at all is totally unnecessary.

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Government tests gas as a method of killing badgers

The Government has been testing gas as a method of killing badgers to control the spread of TB Credit: PA

The Government has been testing gassing as a method of killing badgers.

No animals have been killed in the trials but a Freedom of Information request shows research on carbon monoxide gassing has been going on since last summer.

A DEFRA spokesperson said was too early to say whether gassing would be used in future badger culls.

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Controversy over method of culling badgers

Most of the badgers killed in the Somerset cull were trapped in cages and then shot Credit: PA

During the six-week pilot badger cull in Somerset most badgers were trapped in cages before being shot. New figures disclosed by DEFRA reveal that 500 badgers were caged before being shot, and just 365 were killed in their natural habitat.

In a statement, DEFRA said both types of culling were allowed, and it was up to the cull companies to decide which was the most suitable at the time.

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Somerset badger cull fails to reach target

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.

– Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

A similar cull in Gloucestershire has been extended until December 18th.

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