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Devon badger cull protesters heading for Exeter Cathedral

Badger cull protesters descended on Cathedral Green on Sunday evening for what they're calling a 'happening'.

A group called Devon and Cornwall against the Badger Cull claims all but 600 of the 42,000 badgers killed this year would have been healthy.

The government licences badger culling in some areas in Devon to try to stop the spread of TB. 

Earlier this year, a lion at Paignton Zoo contracted the disease. And more than 30 thousand cattle are slaughtered because of bovine TB each year.

Campaigners stood silently at the Cathedral on Sunday with sacks representing those used to bag dead badgers. Their protest coincided with the National Farmers' Union (NFU) harvest festival celebration and the end of the 2018 cull.

The group says they feel: "that the pathos– of the NFU celebrating harvest festival, whilst simultaneously being the main driving force behind the near eradication of an iconic species- could not pass without comment. The government, who work closely with the NFU, are delaying the publication of the Godfrey Report, which is thought to provide proof that the cull is not the way forward."


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