Green light for new badger cull
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.