Badger cull in Gloucestershire under threat, campaigners claim
Badger campaigners claim the cull in Gloucestershire is in serious jeopardy.
A statement from anti-cull group Team Badger last night said the county's cull zone has fallen below 70 per cent, with several farmers pulling out of the trial, and that is in breach of the terms of the licence granted by Natural England.
But a Defra spokesman denied anything has changed, saying the licence remained in place and NFU's chairman in Gloucestershire Charles Mann said it was absolutely incorrect.
He said: “There’s categorically no truth in this. It’s rumour-mongering at its worst.”
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The Team Badger statement said: "Gloucester Cull Zone now falls below 70 per cent.
"Cull in Gloucester cannot proceed as in breach of Natural England licence conditions.
"Farmers have been pulling out as they believe the cull will fail. The NFU are trying to prop it up but are failing.
"Dorset Licence to cull from Natural England is about two weeks away."