Proposals enabling farmers to cull badgers in parts of England will be unveiled today by farming Minister Jim Paice. He is due to launch a consultation this morning on plans for what is expected to be licensed culling of badgers in TB hotspot area.
The three-month consultation will seek views on the proposed methods of culling and other criteria attached to potential badget cull licenses.
The implementation of a badger cull in England was resisted during the Labour administration but has been a firm Tory pre-election pledge. The coalition Government has promised to implement a carefully managed and science-led policy of badger control in areas of high disease incidence.
Any policy announcement on badger cull is certain to be met with fierce opposition by badger lovers. Paice said he is aware that his plans could be challenged in the courts but said last week that Defra were doing everything it could to ensure that any proposed policy is watertight..