New culls under way

A badger cull has begun today (Friday 4th September) in Dorset, for the first time, and has restarted in Gloucestershire and Somerset for the third year running.

Despite the evidence that the culls so far have been ineffective, as well as inhumane, the cull has been rolled out to Dorset.

An article on the Guardian's website quotes Claire Bass of Humane Society International: “For a third year running these supposedly protected animals will be subjected to a cruel and pointless death, scapegoats of the government’s failed cattle TB policy. We will continue to campaign to end this inhumane and unscientific massacre.”

Campaigners in Gloucestershire have already reported finding a badger with a gunshot wound, which died shortly afterwards.

You can read Damian Carrington's full story here.