Secret cull danger

The government has refused to publish risk assessments of danger to the public during England's imminent night-time badger shoots because doing so "could have an adverse effect upon the health and safety of the public", Damian Carrington reveals in the Observer.

The police have previously warned of the "clear potential for harm to public safety"  but the location and timing of the culls remain a closely guarded secret, which campaigners say puts those vaccinating badgers  or patrolling for wounded animals  at grave risk.

Environment secretary Owen Paterson, who has argued against the shooting of foxes as an alternative to hunting with dogs, said: "It is highly unlikely that any government would wish to see a proliferation of rifles in the countryside."

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