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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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RSPCA: Badger culls are 'senseless'

Animal welfare groups have reacted angrily to news that pilot badger culls will go ahead this summer. RSPCA chief executive Gavin Grant said:

Despite overwhelming scientific, public and parliamentary opposition the Government seems hell bent on pressing forward with their senseless plans to kill badgers.

All the evidence shows that the answer to the problems of bovine TB in cattle does not lie in a cull that will be ineffective, wasteful and potentially damaging to the welfare of both farm and wild animals.

We care about cattle and badgers alike and have great sympathy for the farmers dealing with the effects of this disease - but killing badgers is not the answer.

– Gavin Grant

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