"Unsuccessful" Badger Culls, Won't Extend to Dorset
12:58pm 3rd April 2014
(Updated 1:06pm 3rd April 2014)
Dorset will not become a badger culling zone.
Plans for the controversial pilot to be rolled out in the county have been abandoned by the Environment Secretary Owen Patterson today (Thursday 3rd April).
The move comes after a damning independent report found the pilot shoots in Somerset and Gloucestershire were largely unsuccessful and inhumane.
Dorset has been on standby to join the cull that would've seen trained marksmen roaming the fields hunting the animals.
Owen Patterson instead announced the pilots in neighbouring Somerset and Gloucestershire would continue with improvements recommended by the independent panel, one of those being more and better trained shooters.
Local campaign group Dorset for Badger and Bovine Welfare have welcomed the news and told Wessex FM the news came as a "huge relief."