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Campaigners have lost a legal battle at the Court of Appeal over the culling of badgers.
The Badger Trust had accused the Government of acting unlawfully by allowing the latest badger culls to go ahead without an independent expert panel to monitor whether the animals are being killed in a humane way.
Three judges dismissed their case that there was a "legitimate expectation" that such a panel would be put in place for culling that the Government and farmers insist is necessary to tackle tuberculosis in livestock.
The campaigners' challenge arose from a decision to sanction a second year of "controlled shooting" of free-roaming badgers in Gloucestershire and Somerset.
There has been angry reaction to the resumption of the badger cull to try to stop the spread of bovine TB in cattle.
It comes as two pilot schemes start for the second year in Gloucestershire and Somerset.
ITV News' Rupert Evelyn reports.
People against the controversial badger cull have reacted angrily to news the Government is testing gassing as a potential method for killing badgers.
Farmers and ministers say culling of badgers is necessary to tackle bovine TB in livestock, but opponents say it is inhumane, ineffective and should be abandoned in favour of tougher cattle measures and vaccination.
Tests using carbon monoxide have been conducted since last summer, although no animals have been involved in the trial, an FOI request found.
"Gassing could cause considerable animal suffering", veterinarian Mark Jones, executive director of Humane Society International UK, said.
Princess Anne has said that gassing badgers would be the most humane way to cull the animals.
The Government is considering introducing gassing after a report said that shooting badgers would not bring their numbers down enough to stop them spreading tuberculosis in cattle.
"Most of the people who did it in the past will tell you that gas is a much nicer way of doing it, if that's not a silly expression," she told BBC One's Countryfile.
"How it works is that you go to sleep, basically."
The royal owns a heard of around 30 cattle and has lost 15 rare white park cows to bovine tuberculosis in the last two years.
Gassing badgers is "the most humane way" to control their numbers, Princess Anne has said.
The Government is considering introducing gassing after a report said that shooting the animals would not bring their numbers down enough to stop them spreading tuberculosis in cattle.
"If we want to control badgers, the most humane way of doing it is to gas them," the Princess Royal told the BBC's Countryfile programme.