Animal Rights

Farmers, Activists Face Off Over Badger Culling in England

Thousands to be killed to reduce transmission of disease to cattle

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A controversial badger cull is under way in England despite protests, the National Farmers' Union has confirmed.

About 5,000 badgers are expected to be killed in controlled shootings over six weeks in Somerset and Gloucestershire.

Supporters say the cull is necessary to tackle bovine TB, which can be spread from infected badgers, but opponents say it is inhumane and ineffective.