Badger culling policy on hold until spring 2012

House of Commons debates over badger culling policies on hold because of concerns over methodology implications

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House of Commons debates over badger culling policies on hold because of concerns over methodology implications

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The recent political debates over whether or not badger culls can be piloted next spring have caused disputes over methodology. According to Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman, the government is “strongly minded” to allow culling but the methods involved must be both humane and the most effective.

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The potential policy raises highly contentious issues between farmers and wildlife lovers but also between scientists. From 1998 until 2007 the Randomised Badger Culling Trial (RBCT) began investigations into effective badger culling but the results have thrown up queries over the helpfulness, costs and dangers of culls. As debate in Parliament continues, BBC polls recently demonstrated public opinion to badger culling as 63% in opposition in both town and countryside, however the National Farmers Union maintains; “not taking action is no longer an option”.