Badger cull High Court hearing continues

The Badger Trust is seeking to halt the planned cull Credit: ITV Westcountry

A High Court hearing resumes today into whether the culling of badgers can take place in parts of the West Country. Lawyers for the conservation group, the Badger Trust, argue that the government has not followed the correct legal procedures.

Defra plans to allow farmers to shoot badgers in parts of West Somerset and Gloucestershire. The creatures have been linked to the spread of TB in cattle. The judge will give his ruling in a few weeks' time.

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Farming minister and Somerset MP David Heath says the controversial badger cull trial in Gloucestershire and West Somerset may not take place after all