Planned badger cull is delayed

The Government has confirmed it is to delay two badger cull pilot schemes to tackle TB in cattle until next summer, claiming it is at the request of the National Farmer's Union.

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Report: Environment Secretary to make a statement on badger cull

The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is expected to make statement on the proposed cull of Badgers in Commons at 12:30pm, according to the BBC.

There have been reports that the cull could be delayed.

Plans to cull thousands of badgers could be delayed Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The Guardian reports that the government is planning to delay the plans until next year at the earliest, amid increasing concern about the cost and effectiveness of the controversial scheme.

Labour minister attacks badger cull 'shambles'

Responding to the apparent Government confusion over the badger cull, Labour's shadow Defra secretary Mary Creagh MP has said:

This last minute wobble over the badger cull has all the signs of another Government shambles.

Labour has always said the badger cull was bad for taxpayers, bad for farmers and bad for wildlife. This incompetent Government should listen to the scientists and stop the cull.

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