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Hint at halting badger cull by shadow minister

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 03, 2012

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A Labour Government would be "minded to" halt any badger culls under way if it won the next general election.

Shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh told a conference fringe meeting in Manchester that her position on badger culling had changed from a year ago.

"I have certainly moved on from this last year when I was in frame of considering that we would have to continue with the cull," she said at the NFU-Food and Drink Federation event.

"The more I have looked at the science, the less effective I think this cull is going to be. I am really worried about it," she said.

Natural England has licensed a badger cull in west Gloucestershire, with a start date expected within weeks.

A second in West Somerset likely to be given the go-ahead shortly. If deemed safe, up to 40 cull zones could be given the go-ahead.

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