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Natural England board split over badger cull extension

The BBC reports that it has seen documents showing that four Natural England board members expressed unease at their executive’s decision to grant the licence needed to extend Gloucestershire’s badger cull.

Minutes from the meeting show that board member and University of Oxford wildlife conservation professor David MacDonald stated that “he had personally arrived at the conclusion that an extension in the culling period would not lead to a worthwhile gain for farmers”.

The meeting resulted in executive Andrew Wood granting Gloucestershire its new licence, but the BBC reports that four board members requested that their unease be recorded.

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