Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Badger cull figures 'counted unfairly'

The Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, has been accused of using "underhand" tactics to push through his badger culling policy, after it was revealed in Parliament that nearly half the evidence gathered from pilot schemes will be ignored.

Trials in Somerset and Gloucestershire were set up to test whether the cull was safe, effective and human, and were intended to last six weeks. The Gloucestershire trial was extended to 11 weeks and the Somerset pilot to nine weeks after marksmen killed far fewer badgers than expected.

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