A government minister has said the current badger cull is unfortunate but necessary.
Environment minister Lord de Mauley said during a visit to Lancashire he understood the opposition to the controversial cull which began in Somerset this week.
He said: “It isn’t about killing badgers per se, it’s about getting on top of TB.
“Britain is an animal loving nation – no one wants to kill badgers, but in this case it is necessary.”
Lord de Mauley was speaking during a visit to Fiddler’s Lancashire Crisps in Rufford, which has benefited from a Defra grant.
Lancashire Wildlife Trust is opposing the controversial badger cull which began this week.
About 5,000 badgers are expected to be killed in controlled shootings over six weeks in Somerset and Gloucestershire.
Supporters say the cull is necessary to tackle bovine TB.