The badger cull
, which started in 2013, continues to confound common sense.
The Government has made 'a total hash' of its programme to cull
badgers, a North MP said.
"We are therefore calling for the culls
in West Somerset and West Gloucestershire to be completed using the tried and tested method of cage trapping and shooting, and for culling to be rolled out to other carefully selected areas using this method."
But at the end of the sixweek period back in December the shooters had failed to meet half of their target and the Government controversially extended both culls
. Those against the cull
say the PS1million spent on policing just the first six weeks of culling in Gloucestershire could have secured five years of volunteer-led badger vaccination over a similarly large area.
They were so horrified by the launch of the pilot badger cull
in September that they pledged to do the all-nighter every week until the cull
It was patently clear at the end of the initial cull
period that the numbers of badgers being killed were way off the intended target.
It continued: "The Government's proposed badger cull
could begin at any time, despite scientific evidence that slaughtering thousands of England's badgers is unlikely to stop the spread of bovine TB in cattle.
May, a long-time supporter of the campaign to spare badgers, said: "It has now been demonstrated that the cull
cannot make economic sense.
THOUSANDS of people decked in black-and-white clothing have marched on Westminster in protest at a planned badger cull
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson told MPs that culling was originally delayed by the Olympics and legal proceedings, and now by bad weather and the news that there were more badgers in the cull
areas than previously estimated.
"On the King Ranch, we're not in a situation where we have too many deer for the habitat, so we weren't improving nutrition by removing those culls
Of course this is despite the fact that the overwhelming scientific evidence from areas and countries that have had culls
of badgers, shows that killing badgers has little or no effect on the spread of bovine TB.