Sunday, 19 October 2014

Badger cull set to fail for second year running

Two-thirds of the way through Gloucestershire cull, fewer than a third of required badgers had been shot, Friday 17 October 2014 15.18 BST

The controversial badger cull in England is set to fail for the second year running, with shooters far behind the required number of kills, according to Guardian sources.

The six-week culls are due to end on Monday and environment secretary, Liz Truss, says the outcome will determine whether they are rolled out across the country in an attempt to curb rising tuberculosis in cattle. Over 26,000 TB-infected cattle were slaughtered in 2013.

But ministers have abolished independent expert analysis of the culls, a move being challenged by an ongoing legal battle. A leading badger expert said on Friday that the targets set for the latest culls were scientifically “rubbish”, meaning no conclusion would be able to be drawn from them.

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