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Humaneness of badger culling called into question

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Defra has defended the role of badger culling in response to criticisms that it was having no effect on bovine TB (bTB) in cattle and that thousands of badgers have suffered inhumane deaths.

The claims, which received widespread media coverage, were made in a letter to Natural England earlier this month and resulted in calls for the expansion of culling to stop. Among the signatories to the letter was Ranald Munro, a member of the former independent expert panel established by …

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