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NATURAL England last week authorised a second year of badger culling in Somerset and Gloucestershire. In the same week, the High Court rejected a challenge by the Badger Trust, which had sought to stop the culls on the basis that the Secretary of State at Defra had failed to put in place an independent expert panel to oversee them.
Under the terms of authorisation letters issued by Natural England on August 26, a minimum of 615 badgers are to be culled in Gloucestershire and 316 in Somerset. The letters also specify a maximum number of badgers to be culled: 1091 in Gloucestershire and 785 in Somerset.
The culls are to be carried out under the existing four-year licences, …
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