Badgers are being culled in two trial culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset as part of a trial to prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis in cattle. The current trial is to test whether free-shooting of badgers is both effective and humane.
The Government points to an earlier badger culling trial – the Random Badger Culling Trial – that was carried out in 1997 for evidence that the culling of badgers reduces bTB in cattle:
Badger culling began in late August for six weeks in total.
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