RSPCA bosses say independent studies have advised against culling
and testing and biosecurity should be improved instead.
It showed that culling
was associated with increased TB in badgers, with areas which had received four culls seeing a doubling of the rate of infection, the BBC said.
Gloucestershire has the minimum so any landholders pulling out would end culling
The UK Government says culling
of badgers is necessary as part of efforts to tackle spiralling rates of tuberculosis (TB) in cattle.
The group of scientists say they believe that culling
badgers "is very unlikely to contribute to TB eradication" and they "urge the Government to reconsider its strategy".
5% reduction in TB herd incidences in English culling
areas over a 54-month period after badger culls ended - and a reduction of 37% in the six months to March 2011.
Bristol University scientists have also disputed claims that culling
island hedgehogs is more humane than moving them.
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Northumberland, Durham and Tees Valley trusts are repeating their call for the Government to drop badger culling
from its proposed strategy to tackle bovine TB in England.
But 29% supported the policy, while 22% did not know and 15% had no strong feelings about badger culling
, according to the poll which comes ahead of the start of two pilot culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset.
The councillors at the Forest of Dean District Council in Gloucestershire passed a motion against allowing badgers to be culled on land it owns, manages or controls, and to urge other local landowners to prevent culling
on their land.
Ms Spelman said she was "strongly minded" to approve pilot culls allowing "free shooting" to assess how efficient and humane culling