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THE BVA reiterated its support for Defra's planned pilot badger culls as the open season for shooting began on June 1, while appealing to those who oppose the culls ‘to allow the necessary scientific work to take place unhindered in the two pilot cull areas’.
Under the terms of the licences issued for the pilot cull areas in west Somerset and west Gloucestershire, badger control can only take place during the open season. Shooting of free-ranging badgers is not permitted between February 1 and May …
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