New mass badger culls to be banned after 2022, says minister

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Drive to eradicate TB in cattle will instead focus on vaccination and limiting livestock movements

No new mass culls of badgers will be allowed in England after 2022, under government plans announced on Wednesday.

Since 2013 more than 100,000 badgers have been killed in culls that are intended to reduce tuberculosis infections in cattle. About 30,000 cattle are slaughtered each year at a cost of £150m.

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