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cull

  1. to take out (an animal, especially an inferior one) from a herd.
  2. to reduce the numbers of a population of animals by killing them, e.g. seal culls.
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The main elements deployed so far have been cattle movement controls, the removal of infected cattle from herds and the badger cull which covered more than 20 different areas in 2017, Defra said.
Defra's own Independent Expert Panel called the culls 'ineffective', and 'inhumane'.
Up to 14,000 badgers will be shot in the latest cull which the Government says helps fight Bovine TB.
Ministers and farmers argue the badger culls are necessary to tackle TB in livestock that can pick up the disease from wild badgers.
It came as badger culls began this week in Dorset and continued in other parts of England, despite fierce oppostition from among others Queen guitarist and campaigner Brian May.
THE British Veterinary Association has withdrawn its support for the shooting of free running badgers in the UK Government's controversial pilot culls.
Many waved flags, carried placards and banners opposing the planned controversial badger culls while others even dressed up as badgers to hammer their message home.
But the culls have divided the public, with farmers and rural communities desperate to find a way to curb devastating bovine TB.
David Bowles, from the RSPCA, said: "At last the Government has acknowledged that the culls have failed to reach their target numbers and failed to do it in the allocated time.
The RSPCA said while the culls may Antoinette Sandbach AM not result in the total eradication of badgers in England as a whole, it was possible in certain areas within the cull zones the loss could be total.
No information was given on where shooting of badgers had begun, but licences have been given for two pilot culls in west Gloucestershire and west Somerset, with around 5,000 badgers set to be killed in a six-week period across the two areas.
The pilot culls aim to ensure badgers can be killed humanely by marksmen.