This article reflects the deeply divisive and negative pass which we have arrived at in terms of the badger cull, with all its negative associations for rural England. It tells usL

The badger cull was a “costly policy failure” and a “PR disaster” which must be abandoned, a Labour minister has said.

Writing on the Telegraph’s website, Huw Irranca-Davies, Labour’s shadow environment secretary, calls on the Government to “rethink its strategy” and work with scientists and farmers to reach a “consensus on the way forward”.

MPs will on Thursday debate the two trial badger culls which have been criticised as ineffective and inhumane.

The Government has pushed forward with two controversial pilot culls of badgers, with plans to roll-out the scheme more widely in England if it can be done effectively, safely and humanely.

But a leaked review by independent experts assessing the pilot schemes was reported to have found that the number of badgers being killed in each area was much lower than the level needed to have a beneficial impact on TB outbreaks in cow herds.

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