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DEFRA should set out why the second year of the pilot badger culling trial in Gloucestershire failed to meet the licence conditions for the minimum number of badgers culled. It should also clarify whether it intends to continue the culling in Gloucestershire from 2015 onwards and, if so, what changes will be made to ensure its effectiveness in line with recommendations made by the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO).
So says the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRACom) in a report of its scrutiny of Defra's performance in 2013 and 2014. The committee carried out its inquiry as part of its remit to examine the …