TWO areas where badger culling will start in England have been identified – in West Gloucestershire, mainly in the Forest of Dean, and in the Taunton area of West Somerset.
Defra have announced that its subsidiary, Natural England, was ready to consider applications from landowners and farmers in those areas for licences to cull badgers this autumn.
Mary Creagh, Labour’s shadow environment secretary, said: “For a cull to work it has to be cost-effective, humane and reduce bovine TB. The Government’s plans will achieve none of those things.”
And the RSPCA said it was “devastated” that the plan was going ahead.