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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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Paterson: Badger cull 'an important step'

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson today told farmers a badger cull would help prevent the spread of bovine TB:

Bovine TB is spreading at an alarming rate and causing real devastation to our beef and dairy industry.

The authorisation letters issued today confirming culling can proceed this summer in West Gloucestershire and West Somerset is an important step towards taking the action we need to tackle the spread of this disease in wildlife.

– Owen Paterson MP

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