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TB or not TB? Cull fails to find out

By Janet Street-Porter

Owen Paterson, our hapless Environment Secretary, admits his controversial badger cull has been a total flop because the wily beasts "moved the goalposts". Badgers 1, Government 0. Marksmen had planned to slaughter 5,000 badgers in Somerset and Gloucestershire, but they missed their target by 10% and now an expert at the Zoological Society says the trial should be stopped.

When asked if the carcasses of badgers which had been shot were being tested for TB, Paterson (above) said post mortems "would not give an accurate reading". He would say that, wouldn't he? So, thousands of badgers have been killed in a cull that had to be extended from two weeks to six, and it's not known if they were carrying TB. Well done, everyone!

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