Anti-cull anger at tests on gassing badgers

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.

Opponents say badger culling is "inhumane" and "ineffective". Credit: Reuters

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.