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FIFTY members of the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales and Pembrokeshire Against the Cull marched from the Teifi Marshes to Cardigan town centre on Saturday to protest the Welsh Government's proposals for a trial cull of badgers.

Dr Lizzie Wilberforce, conservation manager for the Wildlife Trust, said the positive reception in the town, with motorists sounding car horns, belied government insistence that there is little opposition.

She is right in one sense.

There is ardent and extremely vocal opposition. The proposed cull has divided families and communities and provoked strong reaction. Slogans have been daubed on farm union offices and there is security around Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones' home in Aberystwyth.

Serious - but hopefully not lasting - damage has been done to the relationship between farmers and conservationists.

High Court Judge Mr Justice Lloyd-Jones is expected to rule on the Badger Trust's application for a judicial review of the cull in the near future.

Either side could take the matter further. It could be a long hot summer.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 13, 2010
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