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The debate about badgers is fierce.
Do they spread the deadly TB virus? Many of my farmers believe they do.
The former Government Scientic Advisor, Sir David King, advocated a cull.
It is highly controversial - issues involving animal welfare always are.
The Labour Government came down against a cull.
Now the issue is live again, with the announcement from DEFRA that there are to be two new trial culls: one in Gloucestershire, the other in my patch on Exmoor. Farmers will be licenced by Natural England - a strict process, the details of which can be found here
An independent scientific committee, led by Professor Christopher Wathes, will assess evidence from these pilot culls.
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