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Poll: Is culling badgers the right approach to tackle bovine TB?

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As the Government's badger cull policy is dealt a further blow by the failure of another trial to kill sufficient animals, we ask if you think it is the right approach.

Shooting is being halted in Gloucestershire three weeks before schedule after it became clear even a reduced target would not be met.

The pilot scheme was extended by eight weeks after marksmen exterminated only around 30% of the local badger population - well short of a 70% target.

Natural England said it had pulled the plug as the cull was set to miss a revised level of 58%.

Designed to reduce the spread of tuberculosis in cattle, the policy is backed by farmers and vets' groups but strongly opposed by animal rights campaigners.

Is culling badgers the right approach to tackle bovine TB? Vote in our poll below and have your say in the comments section:

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