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Defra responds to claims made by Humane Society International in The Times
The Times reports claims by The Humane Society International that the humaneness of the controlled shooting method used in the badger cull pilots will be a ‘highly subjective’ decision by ministers based on a ‘completely secret’ assessment.
Ministers will be provided with independently assessed evidence from the pilot culls, as well as advice from a range of experts on humaneness, before making a final decision on controlled shooting. All of this information will be made publicly available after the pilot culls finish.