DEFRA’s pilot badger cull, under way in two trial areas in Gloucestershire and Somerset, will assess whether shooting can be a safe, effective and humane method of culling badgers.

These figures, drawn from DEFRA and TB-Free England, underline why a limited badger cull is needed as part of the wider TB eradication strategy. They can be used to counter misinformation from anti-cull groups if you face questions from members of the public.

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