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Badger culls to go ahead

Controversial pilot badger cull schemes to try to tackle bovine TB in West Gloucestershire and West Somerset can go ahead later this year after the final licence conditions were met, the Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has said.

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Badger culls will go ahead in summer, says Government

There has been fierce opposition to badger culls from animal rights groups Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Two pilot badger culls to tackle the spread of bovine TB will go ahead this summer in West Gloucestershire and West Somerset, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson confirmed today.

Speaking at the National Farmers Union annual conference, Mr Paterson announced that authorisation letters have been issued confirming the culls can proceed.

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