Badger cull delayed
Two days ahead of the planned debate and vote on Thursday, the government today announced that it would delay the cull until next summer.
The NFU told Environment Secretary Owen Paterson that it was not the right time of year for a badger cull. Mr Paterson said the cull had been delayed by the Olympics.
Mr Paterson said that they needed to cull over 70% of the population so that the spread of the disease could be slowed slightly. If it was less than 70%, the spread of TB could increase.
RSPCA chief executive Gavin Grant said: "We welcome this postponement, but this must not be a temporary reprieve, but must mark an end to all cull plans.
"Science, the public and MPs from all parties had said very clearly that a cull is no answer to bovine TB."
There has been widespread opposition to the cull. An e-petition to the government, created by Queen guitarist Brian May, attracted more than 160,000 signatures.
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