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IEP will not be monitoring pilot badger culls in 2014, says Defra

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DEFRA has indicated that the Independent Expert Panel (IEP), which monitored the safety, efficacy and humaneness of the two pilot badger culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire last year, will not be asked to continue its work in 2014.

In a written parliamentary question, Maria Eagle, the shadow secretary of state to Defra, asked what steps Defra planned to take to ensure that the ongoing monitoring of the pilot badger culls was independently scientifically evaluated.

In a written response on April 29, George …

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