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Costs of the pilot badger culls

The 2013 pilot badger culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire cost £6.3 million, according to figures released by Defra last week in a response to a Freedom of Information request. In the response, which was published on its website on January 28, Defra said that licensing and compliance monitoring cost £859,000; humaneness monitoring, including postmortem examinations, cost £2,628,000; and efficacy monitoring cost £2,311,000. In addition, advice and assessments cost £389,000, while other costs, including equipment, amounted to £107,000. Defra pointed out that local police forces also incurred costs in response to those protesting against the culls. …

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