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Badger culling: Debate in Parliament today

Badger culling officially became legal over the weekend Credit: ITV Westcountry

An Opposition Day debate on badger culling as a means of preventing bovine TB will take place in the House of Commons today.

Trial culls in parts of Somerset and Gloucestershire became legal at the beginning of the month.

The Badger Trust has released a video which they say shows the strentgh of opposition to culling.

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Wildlife groups unhappy with badger cull decision

The Badger Trust has lost its High Court bid to stop the cull of thousands of badgers in West Gloucestershire and West Somerset.

At a hearing last month, the Trust accused the livestock industry of using badgers as a scapegoat, and underestimating the risk of cattle-to-cattle transmission of bovine TB. Today it was ruled that the legal challenge failed on all grounds.

The two proposed culling trials are scheduled to begin later this summer. Dr Gordon McGlone is from the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. He isn't happy with the decision.

Badger Trust loses High Court bid

The Badger Trust has lost its High Court bid to block a cull of thousands of badgers to tackle tuberculosis in cattle.

The Trust argued Government proposals for two pilot culls were "very, very controversial" at both animal welfare and scientific levels and should be stopped.

But today Mr Justice Ouseley, sitting in London, ruled the legal challenge had failed on all grounds and refused to quash a Government decision last December to allow the culls by farmers and landowners to go ahead.

At a hearing last month, the Trust accused the livestock industry of using badgers as a scapegoat and underestimating the risk of cattle-to-cattle transmission of bovine tuberculosis (bTB).