Badger cull begins just days after Lincoln protest
About 5,000 badgers are expected to be killed in the next six weeks, as a controversial cull begins in the West Country.
The National Farmers' Union confirmed shooting has started in Somerset, despite protests around the country.
A noisy protest group marched through Lincoln demonstrating against proposed badger culls on Saturday, August 24.
The culling zones were created in Somerset and Gloucestershire, after the government gave farmers in those areas permission to shoot the animals.
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But protesters in Lincoln hoped the city demonstration will help stop the killing of badgers.
Armed with megaphones, signs and banners, the protest group was formed from around 20 people who were on the streets.
But supporters say the cull is necessary to tackle bovine TB, which can be spread from infected badgers, but opponents say it is inhumane and ineffective.