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THE National Farmers' Union (NFU) announced on August 27 that the first pilot badger cull operations had begun. Two pilot culls are taking place in Somerset and Gloucestershire this year and are designed to test the effectiveness, humaneness and safety of controlled shooting of free-ranging badgers as a culling method.
In a letter to NFU members, Peter Kendall, the union's president, described the move as ‘an important step not just for cattle farmers but for the whole farming industry’. He said that the NFU would work with the companies conducting the pilot culls to ensure their successful delivery over the coming weeks.
Acknowledging that badger control was a controversial subject and that some people would never agree with controlling badgers in this way, Mr Kendall said that he was confident that, as a result of the combined efforts of farmers, the NFU and government over …
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