Concern at change to badger cull rules
CAMPAIGNERS have criticised Defra for changes to regulations over the way badgers could be culled.
The Government body decided a month ago to change regulations over the distance a badger can be killed with a shotgun from, reducing it from 20 metres to 10.
A spokesman for Defra said the decision was made a month ago after scientific studies and on the grounds of humanity.
A date has not yet been set for the badger trial cull that will be taking place in Gloucestershire.
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But Stroud's Jeanne Berry, from the Badger Party, criticised the decision.
She said: "This last minute change to the guidance just goes to show that this whole process has not been thought through and is only now being reviewed in the light of public concerns.
"Despite these changes the risk to the public remains very high especially as public bodies are refusing to reveal where the shooting will take place which is in flagrant breach of the best practice guidelines."