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Myth Bust: Sunday Times claim that badger cull trials will be extended nationwide

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

No one wants to kill badgers - we want to see healthy badgers thriving alongside healthy cattle.

The myth:  The Sunday Times have claimed that badger culling trials, planned to take place in Gloucestershire and Somerset next year, are likely to be extended nationwide.

The truth:  There are no plans to roll out the cull nationwide. Badger culling would only ever happen in areas where bovine TB is a serious problem.

We are committed to carrying out the two pilot culls next summer to test the effectiveness, safety and humaneness of controlled shooting of badgers. A panel of independent experts will oversee and evaluate the results of the pilots and feed back to Ministers. Ministers will then make a decision, based on the data gathered during the pilots, on whether to roll out the policy to other areas.

No one wants to kill badgers - we want to see healthy badgers thriving alongside healthy cattle, which is why there are strong laws in place to protect badgers.