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The Cull Zones - a brief timeline

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Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting (GABS) is a group of volunteers who came together in the summer of 2012 to try and prevent the planned badger cull in our county. Like farmers, we want to see the end of the spread of Bovine TB in cattle; the evidence shows that culling badgers is not the answer.


We regularly work with local people and national charities and we only campaign peacefully and within the law and do not believe in intimidation; we have supporters of all ages and occupations, including farmers.


In 2013 the cull started in West Gloucestershire (Area 1) and West Somerset (Area 2).  These two areas made up what was described as a 'pilot' cull.


However, roll out of the cull started before the pilot culls concluded.


In 2015 West Dorset (Area 3) was included.


Affecting our region in 2016, the cull was further expanded into Herefordshire and the North Cotswolds part of Gloucestershire.  This was in addition to areas in Devon and Cornwall.


2017 saw expansion in Devon, Dorset and Somerset.  Areas of Wiltshire were included and for the first time a zone outside of the South West, Cheshire started culling.


In 2018 it was further expanded into the South Cotswolds.  Further expansion took place in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset along with further roll out outside of our region taking in Staffordshire and Cumbria.


Cheshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Herefordshire, Staffordshire and Wiltshire all saw their area increased in 2019 and the historical county of Avon was added.


There are now 43 cull zones in total.


Killing is still going on in all of these zones and how many more areas will be added in 2020?


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