Green light for new badger cull

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BADGER culling has been rolled out to more parts of Eng­land in a bid to tackle tu­ber­cu­lo­sis in cat­tle, the Gov­ern­ment has con­firmed.

Seven ex­tra li­cences have been granted for culls in Here­ford­shire, Glouces­ter­shire, Corn­wall, Devon and Dorset, with op­er­a­tions now un­der way, the En­vi­ron­ment Depart­ment (De­fra) said.

The move, which fol­lows culs in Glouces­ter­shire, Som­er­set and Dorset, is part of 25-year strat­egy to tackle bovine TB, which can be caught from bad­gers.

The new culls will con­tinue con­tro­versy over the pol­icy, which an­i­mal wel­fare cam­paign­ers crit­i­cise as in­hu­mane and in­ef­fec­tive.

But the Gov­ern­ment in­sists “proac­tive” culling, which aims to re­move 70 per cent of the bad­gers in a given area, is nec­es­sary to tackle the dis­ease.

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