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Ministers expected to back badger cull in parts of England

19 July 2011 Last updated at 08:21 BST

Farmers may be allowed to cull badgers in parts of England, to try to control the spread of bovine TB.

Ministers are expected to announce their backing for a limited badger cull but they are likely to face a legal challenge from animal rights campaigners.

A similar badger cull was approved in Wales but the decision was overturned in the High Court.

Jeremy Cooke reports.