The Guardian

The badger cull has got off to a slow start because of successful disruption by protesters, a leaked note seen by the Guardian has revealed.

According to the letter sent to farmers in Gloucestershire, one of the two cull areas, the activists have caused the cull to fall behind schedule.

Signed by directors of the company Gloscon, which is licensed to carry out the cull in Gloucestershire, and dated last week, the letter says the disruption is proving “quite significant” and adds: “We are not achieving planned numbers.”

It says the bright moonlit nights at the start of the cull did not help but makes it clear the protesters are the biggest “headache” and asks farmers to pass on any intelligence about activists and their tactics.

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