More badger culls on the way after West 'success'

The government 'wants to see more' badger culls after the 'success' of West culls Credit: Ben Birchall / PA Wire

'Successful' badger culls in the South West mean they could soon be rolled out to other areas, the government says.

The culls, which are designed to combat bovine TB, have met their targets in our region, but have been controversial.

  • 279 culled in West Somerset (where 524 badgers are allowed)

  • 432 culled in West Gloucestershire (where 679 badgers are allowed)

  • 756 culled in Dorset (where 835 badgers are allowed)

Anti-cull protestors in Gloucestershire, including Queen guitarist Brian May. Credit: PA

Protestors continue to criticise the culls, with many arguing for vaccination as a humane alternative. The government says that while private badger vaccination projects are underway, a worldwide shortage of BCG vaccine means this can't go further.