Plans for badger cull pit farmers against animal rights activists

Farmers will be able to form syndicates to cull badgers over large areas. Some 70 per cent will be culled by trained marksmen with powerful rifles

Government backs cull of badgers

The Government has announced controversial plans to introduce a major badger cull in England to tackle TB in cattle.

Caroline Spelman fires starting gun on badger cull

Badgers will be shot in a bid to limit the spread of TB in cattle, the Government is expected to announce today.

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Badger cull to prevent TB in cattle a mistake, says key scientist

Culling badgers to counter tuberculosis in cattle would be a mistake, the leading government adviser on the problem said yesterday, in advance of an expected announcement that a cull is to go ahead.

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Farmers' call for badger cull to be approved by ministers

Ministers are poised to give the go-ahead to a widespread cull of badgers in a bid to halt the growing spread of tuberculosis in cattle – with a significant gap still remaining in the science behind the move.

Calls for Prince Charles to open up over private lobbying of ministers

Prince Charles has been accused of hiding behind stringent new Freedom of Information restrictions to conceal lobbying of the Government for changes to policy after it was revealed that he met at least eight ministers in a 10-month period.

Oliver Wright: Attempts to muzzle debate showed No 10 at its most beastly

From the outset, Downing Street's response to attempts by independent- minded MPs to ban the use of wild animals in circuses was misleading and bullying. Thankfully, yesterday it also proved to be futile.

Leading article: A vote which can't be ignored

David Cameron has foolishly painted himself into a political corner with his resistance to the ban on wild animals in British circuses. His Government has made one feeble excuse after another, seeking to blame the EU, the Human Rights Act or cross-border selling regulations. They have all been exposed as bogus.

Doubt cast on Government's circus animal claims

The European Commission has cast doubt on the Coalition’s claim that it cannot legally introduce a ban on wild animals in circuses because of EU legislation.

Government facing defeat over circus ban as animal groups dig their claws in

The Government is facing an embarrassing defeat over its refusal to ban wild animals from circuses in a crunch vote in the Commons next week.

Government refuses to get tough on excess packaging

Tougher measures to reduce the 10 million tons of packaging produced in the UK annually were ruled out by ministers yesterday.

Bins that reward recyclers may help clean up the streets

Government review wants household habits to continue when people step outside

Coalition's green agenda is 'too vague'

The Government’s vision for protecting England’s environment over the next 50 years was criticised yesterday by environmental groups and rural campaigners, who said the plans were too vague and over-reliant on volunteers to repair the damage previously done to nature.

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