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Good afternoon. Over 1,000 people have taken part in a march and rally
in Birmingham calling on the Government to end its policy of
culling badgers. ?36 million was spent last year on pilot schemes
designed to reduce cases of bovine TB, as Carole Foster reports.
Organisers admitted the turnout wasn't as large as they expected but
the determination was obvious. It has no economic justification and it
has no animal welfare justification at all. Julie Buxton from Birmingham
had never even seen a badger before the cull began but she was driven to
get involved and organised today's march. The Government's own
backbenchers are saying, stop this cull, science is wrong. The
Government should be listening. 2,000 badgers were shot in the
autumn cull, just over half the number planned.The Government say
it's following scientific advice tackling a problem which has cost
the country millions of pounds a year but campaigners say support for
the cull is dwindling. I think there's a lot of problems of
extending it and a lot of problems keeping it going in the areas it is
currently being done in, and public opinion and hostility is growing
rapidly and MPs realise that as well. Campaigners say the killings
were badly organised and unnecessary. They are planning more
of these protests across the country to persuade the government to never
carry out culling again but to use that the nation instead. `` to use
vaccinations. Farmers say 28,000 cattle were slaughtered because of
bovine TB last year. Now the Government is under increasing
pressure to prove it's made the right decision about how to tackle
to problem. Religious leaders and Islamic meat
producers from across the country have been meeting in Warwickshire
today to agree on clearer guidelines about when chickens can be sold as
halal. They want to make sure that birds which have been slaughtered by
machines cannot be labelled as religiously acceptable. The
abattoirs can step up to the mark. They have proven that an shown that.
They can be very competitive. They just have to re`kit hire Muslims
slaughter is and then we can export for halal and sell halal. We already
in the situation where we are importing halal from as far away as
Thailand and we don't want that to happen.
Walsall Council has announced plans to freeze council tax bills next
year despite needing to make savings of ?21 million. The proposals are
due to be discussed next week. They include a commitment to keep all
existing library, leisure and children's centres open.
Speedway will continue to take place at the Brandon Stadium near Coventry
despite it being unexpectedly sold. The Coventry Bees will be able to
race there for the next three years regardless of the new owners but
it's been announced that tonight's greyhound meeting will be the last
to be held there. Let's catch up with the sports
results now, starting with Premiership football. Stoke lost at
The Britannia 1`0 to Manchester City. West Bromwich Albion were at
home to Fulham, the match ending 1`1, with a late goal from the
Baggies securing a vital point in the relegation battle.
In the Championship, Birmingham City won 2`1 away at Blackpool.
While in League One, Wolves won 3`0 away at Brentford and are now joint
top of the League. Shrewsbury won away at Notts Count, the score there
3`2. While Port Vale lost 3`1 at home to
Crewe. Coventry lost 3`1 away to Tranmere.
And Walsall lost 2`1 against Crawley.
In League Two it was a win for Cheltenham, beating Newport 1`0.
Moving onto the Conference, and it finished Dartford two, Hereford
zero. While Kidderminster drew 2`2 at home against Braintree. Nuneaton
lost heavily at home against tabletoppers Luton, the score there
5`0, while Tamworth drew 1`1 with Welling.
And there were a couple of local rugby fixtures today, both in the
Aviva Premiership. Gloucester beat Harlequins 25`20 but Worcester were
beaten by Sale, losing 24`12. Let's catch up with the weather now,
here's Kaye Forster with the forecast.
Good evening. It was nice to see some sunshine today but
unfortunately there isn't that much of that on offer tomorrow. We pick
up much more cloud and wind, and another windy day for us tomorrow.
The winds will blow in some patchy rain tonight but not particularly
problematic. The temperatures will be held up by that, so quite mild. A
damp start for us tomorrow morning with spotty rain around first thing.
The rain will be migrating northwards and westwards through the
day, so southern areas and eastern areas could have a dry afternoon,
and it will be particularly mild with highs of 11 or 12. A visit from
us for now. Good night. Hello. For some places today I am
sure it felt that spring