This whole saga is a triple tragedy: for the farmers and their cattle, for the badgers, and for the public, as millions upon millions of pounds are spent in compensation for affected herds and the cull
Speaking in the Commons, Tory MP Gary Streeter (South West Devon) told Mr Eustice: "The hardpressed dairy farmers of south Devon, which is a bovine TB hotspot, are keen to have the cull
extended into our part of the world.
We are therefore calling for the culls
in West Somerset and West Gloucestershire to be completed using the tried and tested method of cage trapping and shooting, and for culling to be rolled out to other carefully selected areas using this method.
But at the end of the sixweek period back in December the shooters had failed to meet half of their target and the Government controversially extended both culls
They were so horrified by the launch of the pilot badger cull
in September that they pledged to do the all-nighter every week until the cull
It was patently clear at the end of the initial cull
period that the numbers of badgers being killed were way off the intended target.
It continued: "The Government's proposed badger cull
could begin at any time, despite scientific evidence that slaughtering thousands of England's badgers is unlikely to stop the spread of bovine TB in cattle.
The guitarist, 65, joined animal welfare supporters on a march through Westminster to protest against the cull
, which started in two bovine TB hotspots yesterday.
THOUSANDS of people decked in black-and-white clothing have marched on Westminster in protest at a planned badger cull
Summary: Controversial plans to cull
thousands of badgers to tackle tuberculosis in cattle are to be delayed until next summer.
No one is disputing that bovine TB must be controlled but the Government has ignored the science and the wishes of the public, only 16% of whom support a cull
, in favour of botched plans which will have serious repercussions.
Obviously, biologists have and will continue the debate over whether to cull