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Controversial badger cull starts
10:09am Tuesday 27th August 2013 in Cornwall
A pilot badger cull in Somerset is under way, the National Farmers' Union has confirmed.
The controlled shooting of 5,000 badgers is due to happen in Somerset and Gloucestershire over six weeks in an attempt to control TB in cattle.
Supporters say the cull is necessary to tackle bovine TB, which can be spread from infected badgers, but opponents say it is inhumane and ineffective.
Anti-cull campaigners staged a vigil overnight protesting against the cull.
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