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It's official: Badger culls were 'ineffective and failed humaneness test'
Posted 28 February 2014
An independent scientific assessment of last year's pilot badger culls in parts of Gloucestershire and Somerset has concluded that they were not effective. And that more than 5 per cent of the shot badgers took longer than five minutes to die, thus failing the test for humaneness.
The government minister George Eustice told The Times that the government was not bound to heed the advice of the report and that it could approve a nationwide badger killing programme.