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7:20am 13th September 2013
(Updated 7:20am 13th September 2013)

A ban on a badger cull in Cornwall could be debated.

A petition is just a few signatures away from automatically triggering the discussion at Cornwall Council.

Campaigners want it ruled out on land controlled by County Hall.

But Defra's Chief Scientist Professor Ian Boyd insists it is dangerous to rule anything out until the results of the pilot cull are in: "We really do need to respond to the rise in Bovine Tuberculosis and we've got to use all the tools we have available to us otherwise it will continue to be out of control.

"More cattle will get tuberculosis, more wildlife will get tuberculosis. The barriers that we now have for the spread of tuberculosis into say domestic animals will start to break down and we're seeing a little bit of evidence for that."

7:20am 13th September 2013

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