First Badger Cull License Issued

Despite a decade long trial on the benefits of badger culling concluding there were only modest benefits, the first licence allowing farmers to shoot the animals, in an attempt to reduce cattle TB, is to be issued on Monday.

Ministers are pressing ahead with plans to cull badgers in two areas of the South West, amid pressure from farmers, and the licensing body, Natural England, said the cull would go ahead in Gloucestershire, where cases are high.

Some wild badgers can become infected with the bacteria that causes bovine TB, which they can then pass on to cattle.

Natural England is about to issue the licence for Gloucestershire, while a second, for Somerset, is still being assessed.

The first cull is expected to begin with days or weeks in a precise area of West Gloucestershire which is being kept secret.


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