Paice defends badger cull plans.

Jim Paice, farming Minister, has defended Government plans for a badger cull in the face of fierce criticism of the proposed policy from Opposition MPs.

The Farmer's Guardian reports that MPs repeatedly clashed over the scientific justification and humaneness of the proposed cull in England during a headted debate in the House of Commons yesterday (Tuesday).

Labour MP Mary Glindon, who led the debate, claimed the policy was not backed by evidence.

She argued that the proposed cull ‘deviated’ from the Randomised Badger Culling Trial (RBCT) in that it would be a farmer-led cull using ‘free shooting’, rather than a Government-led cull using cages.

She warned that this ‘random’ shooting could leave badgers wounded and repeated concerns voiced by Natural Englans that farmers would be unable to deliver the cull in line with the specified criteria.

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