‘Badger cull could start within days’

Posted on September 17, 2012

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Today (17th September), an item was posted on channel4.com titled ‘Badger cull could start within days’, which includes video of a debate between Brian May and a farmer.

‘… Badgers beware: the first full-scale cull of the animals across England could begin within days. On Channel 4 News, Queen guitarist Brian May debates the cull with a Gloucestershire farmer

Natural England will issue the first of two licences today to cull badgers, in a move that could result in the shooting of up to 100,000 animals to protect cattle from bovine tuberculosis.

The government will release further details this afternoon, but the cull is expected to kill as many as one-third of England’s badger population.

The decision comes after a controversial court ruling last week.

The licence will be issued to a group of farmers and landowners who will commit to killing at least 70 per cent of the badgers on their land for at least four years, the Guardian newspaper reported. Some 26,000 cows were slaughtered in 2011 because of the disease, which can also be carried by badgers.

Lawyers for the Badger Trust told Channel 4 News today they are reviewing last week’s court of appeal decision that cleared the way for the cull …’

Read the item in full and view video at www.channel4.com/news/badger-cull-could-start-within-days

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