Citizen comment: Badger cull moves will stir emotions
THOUSANDS of badgers will be shot in Gloucestershire to help alleviate bovine TB.
The first licences were issued yesterday to permit landowners to shoot the animals as part of a pilot cull.
It is a move sure to make emotions around this sensitive issue rise even further.
The badger cull debate has been a passionate one on both sides, with campaigners determined that there is an alternative - vaccination.
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But farmers will tell you they face oblivion if any more time is lost.
And the police have fears too - estimates earlier this year put the cost of law enforcement linked to likely protests against the cull at £500million.
It remains to be seen how that will play out but the argument is sure to be far from over just yet.