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Government to delay badger cull in England

23 October 2012 Last updated at 18:58 BST

The government has announced it will delay a planned cull of badgers in England until next summer, after widespread protests against the scheme.

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said this was necessary to "get it right" and the "optimal time" for this year had passed.

Under the coalition's plans, several thousand badgers could be shot by trained marksmen in an effort to reduce levels of bovine tuberculosis.

Opponents say this is unnecessary.

The BBC's Jeremy Cooke reports