‘Huge disappointment’ as badger cull widened

Wildlife campaigners have said they are “hugely disappointed” with the news that new badger cull licences have been granted in Cheshire and Staffordshire — although a farmers’ leader said the cull was “science-based and evidence-led”.
Natural England has published licences for areas that will undertake badger culls in 11 new areas across England including Cheshire and Staffordshire. The culls are part of a drive to control bovine TB.
The licences include the re-authorisation of licences for 29 existing areas and will see more than 60,000 badgers killed in 40 areas of England, from Cornwall to Cumbria, by the end of November.

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