The Liberal Democrat MP for Somerset and Frome, David Heath, is Minister of State for Agriculture and Food at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
He visited the Royal Bath and West Show at Shepton Mallet on Wednesday and spoke to ITV News West Country about the impending badger cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset:
An online petition against the cull of badgers which was started by Queen guitarist Brian May has secured more than 250,000 signatures.
Two trials of badger culling can legally get underway on Saturday 1 June.
More than 1,700 people have taken part in a survey to find out peoples' views on the badget cull