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Crown Estate permits badger cull on its land in Westcountry

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 24, 2012

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The Crown Estate is to allow a pilot badger cull to take place on one of its Westcountry estates.

The six-week schemes are designed to test the methodology of shooting free- running badgers. Natural England, the Government’s environment watchdog, has already granted a licence for the pilot in west Gloucestershire.

But the second licence for the cull in Somerset has been delayed, reportedly due to a legal issue concerning the Crown Estate, which owns the 3,800 hectare Dunster Estate.

A Crown Estate spokesman said it was working with Natural England to provide access. He said: “The Crown Estate recognises that bovine TB is a major problem for farmers, including our tenants, and is co-operating with Natural England to allow access to our land for the pilot schemes.”

The announcement prompted an immediate reaction from animal rights activists, who have already pledged to try to disrupt the cull. One was reported as saying: “The Crown Estate will be getting phone calls and there may well be people going to their offices with megaphones and pictures of dead badgers.”

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  • 2ladybugs  |  September 26 2012, 6:01PM

    When Dodge posted that comment the figure was as I said and had been for at least an hour before. If you want people to believe the statements that you make then get them right. Dodge knows exactly what I mean.

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  • AndersonBrown  |  September 26 2012, 5:56PM

    2ladybugs, the online petition is going up at quite a fast rate so if someone quotes a figure which is accurate at the time it will soon be out of date because lots of people are signing it. It doesn't mean someone has told a lie. At 17.54 the number stands at 123,645.

  • AndersonBrown  |  September 26 2012, 5:55PM

    2ladybugs, the online petition is going up at quite a fast rate so if someone quotes a figure which is accurate at the time it will soon be out of date because lots of people are signing it. It doesn't mean someone has told a lie. At 17.54 the number stands at 123,645.

  • 2ladybugs  |  September 25 2012, 4:36PM

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    @dodge102 Is there anybody there? you need to change your untruthful blurb...you don't need to get 100,000 'cause you already got 114,000. Just goes to show you keep telling porky-pies. Coo I don't know, this is not a good sign. :((

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  • dodge102  |  September 25 2012, 4:03PM

    Badger culling is "ineffective", the expert behind the UK's biggest review of the links between badgers and tuberculosis in cattle, said on Monday. Professor Lord John Krebs was the government adviser responsible for the scientific review in the 1990s which found that badgers were a "reservoir" of bovine TB and could transmit the disease to cattle. He called for trial culls, which were then carried out. But he said on Monday the results of the trials showed that culling was "not an effective policy" and would be a mistake." http://tinyurl.com/69sqykf We need 100,000 people to sign now. Please share, tell your friends and sign. We need your help. There are 65,000 people who reach 1.5m friends so please share and sign NOW http://tinyurl.com/bvjp9rv

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