Year Two of Badger Cull Underway

The second year of a badger cull is now underway in Gloucestershire and Somerset.

Almost 1,000 badgers are to be killed in the second year of the cull, which started last year in an effort to stop the spread of bovine TB. Some 1,800 badgers were culled in 2013.

Opponents of the government-backed cull say that shooting the creatures is not "effective or humane".

The government's plan is to cull up to 70% of the badger population over four years and then to measure its effect on the spread of bovine TB.


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15 September 2010
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28 August 2015
Govt Announces Badger Cull To Be Extended Into Dorset
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The National Farmer's Union (NFU) have confirmed that a controversial badger cull has begun in Somerset. It is understood that some 5,000 badgers are expected to be killed in six weeks in an effort to control the spread of bovine TB, which it is claimed is spread to cattle from infected badgers.