Vets withdraw support of badger shooting
PUBLISHED: 20:00 23 April 2015
Leading vets group, The British Veterinary Association (BVA), has withdrawn its support for the shooting of free badgers during the Somerset cull.
The culling began in 2013 and has allowed the shooting of badgers at night without trapping them first, in the hope of stopping the animals from carrying tuberculosis to cows.
There has been some controversy surrounding the cull and whether it has successfully reduced the spread of the disease to cattle.
The BVA said it will still support the trapping and killing of badgers, but that it questions whether shooting free badgers is humane. Animal charities such as the Humane Society UK say they hope this withdrawal of support will force the Government to rethink the cull.