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Almost 20,000 badgers culled in try to scale back bovine TB

Virtually twice as many badgers have been killed this autumn, after huge growth of the cull zones

Almost 20,000 badgers have been culled this autumn as a part of the federal government’s try to scale back bovine TB in cattle, in what critics referred to as the most important destruction of a protected species in residing reminiscence.

The 19,274 lifeless badgers is nearly twice as many as final yr after 11 new cull zones have been added to a swath of the West Nation worst-hit by bovine TB. Whereas some badgers have been trapped earlier than being shot, the bulk – 11,638 badgers – have been killed by free capturing, a way judged inhumane by the British Veterinary Affiliation.

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