Legal challenge to cull extension
THE controversial badger cull in Gloucestershire could be halted after a legal challenge from a charity.
An eight-week extension to the cull was requested after a failure to kill the minimum number of badgers during a six-week pilot aimed at curbing bovine TB.
In a letter, the Badger Trust said it would be "unlawful" for Natural England "to grant a further licence".
In total 708 badgers have been killed in the county, 942 fewer than the target of 1,650.
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The Badger Trust said it was asking Natural England to consider the letter when looking at the application to "grant a fresh licence" to shoot badgers in Gloucestershire – an issue which has divided the community.
A licence was granted last week to extend the badger cull in Somerset until November 1.