The High Court will today be deciding the fate of thousands of badgers. Today's ruling will assure whether the short-legged omnivores will be killed in a cull in Western region of England.
The Badger Trust has pleaded for a pilot cull in July. The major reason behind killing of these badgers is to decline the spread of bovine tuberculosis in cattle. It is being believed that the main source of the TB endemic in cattle is due to these badgers.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), also are in favor of killing the badgers to lower the infection.
Currently, the cattle farming industry is facing major problems due to the infectious disease. As per statistics revealed, last year, as many as 26,000 cattle had to be killed, as they were found to have contracted the infectious disease.
James Small is the owner of a large farm in Somerset. Sadly the area has been drastically affected by the disease.
Mr. Small, the Chairman of National Farmers Union for the county, said "The problem urgently needs addressing now. His farm shutdown for the first nine months of this year after the disease was found in his livestock, but was lucky as two cattle were slaughtered".
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