Licences for badger culling announced.

The plans unveiled last week by the Government will allow English farmers to cull badgers in order to control tuberculosis in cattle.

Livestock producers and landowners could be issued with licences to cull or vaccinate badgers as soon as next May.  Defra farm minister Jim Paice outlined the plan in a government consultation published last Wednesday. 

Strict crteria should ensure that culling is carried out effectively, humanely and with high regard for animal welfare.

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