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Government's justifications for badger cull falling apart

Posted 1 July 2013

The bodies of tens of thousands of cows who are infected with bovine tuberculosis are being sold for human consumption by Defra. The supermarkets will not buy the meat but it is sold to catering companies that supply schools and hospitals. Defra pays compensation to the farmer but the sale of the meat raises more money than is paid out.

The government has sanctioned a badger cull on the grounds that it is to protect health, and that compensation is too costly. Both these reasons can now be discarded, and the justification for culling badgers is weaker than ever.

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