Brian May calls for Environment Secretary's resignation

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.

Brian May has called for the resignation of Environment Secretary Owen Paterson over the badger cull Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

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.

Read: Badger Trust mounts legal challenge on cull extension

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Badger cull fails to reach target

The three week extension of the badger cull in Somerset has failed to reach its target. The badger population has been reduced by 65% - less than the 70% target.