22/02/2014 Midlands Today


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on the BBC News channel, with all the very latest on the dramatic

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Good afternoon. Over 1,000 people have taken part in a march and rally

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in Birmingham calling on the Government to end its policy of

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culling badgers. ?36 million was spent last year on pilot schemes

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designed to reduce cases of bovine TB, as Carole Foster reports.

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Organisers admitted the turnout wasn't as large as they expected but

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the determination was obvious. It has no economic justification and it

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has no animal welfare justification at all. Julie Buxton from Birmingham

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had never even seen a badger before the cull began but she was driven to

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get involved and organised today's march. The Government's own

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backbenchers are saying, stop this cull, science is wrong. The

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Government should be listening. 2,000 badgers were shot in the

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autumn cull, just over half the number planned.The Government say

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it's following scientific advice tackling a problem which has cost

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the country millions of pounds a year but campaigners say support for

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the cull is dwindling. I think there's a lot of problems of

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extending it and a lot of problems keeping it going in the areas it is

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currently being done in, and public opinion and hostility is growing

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rapidly and MPs realise that as well. Campaigners say the killings

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were badly organised and unnecessary. They are planning more

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of these protests across the country to persuade the government to never

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carry out culling again but to use that the nation instead. `` to use

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vaccinations. Farmers say 28,000 cattle were slaughtered because of

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bovine TB last year. Now the Government is under increasing

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pressure to prove it's made the right decision about how to tackle

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to problem. Religious leaders and Islamic meat

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producers from across the country have been meeting in Warwickshire

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today to agree on clearer guidelines about when chickens can be sold as

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halal. They want to make sure that birds which have been slaughtered by

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machines cannot be labelled as religiously acceptable. The

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abattoirs can step up to the mark. They have proven that an shown that.

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They can be very competitive. They just have to re`kit hire Muslims

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slaughter is and then we can export for halal and sell halal. We already

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in the situation where we are importing halal from as far away as

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Thailand and we don't want that to happen.

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Walsall Council has announced plans to freeze council tax bills next

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year despite needing to make savings of ?21 million. The proposals are

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due to be discussed next week. They include a commitment to keep all

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existing library, leisure and children's centres open.

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Speedway will continue to take place at the Brandon Stadium near Coventry

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despite it being unexpectedly sold. The Coventry Bees will be able to

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race there for the next three years regardless of the new owners but

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it's been announced that tonight's greyhound meeting will be the last

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to be held there. Let's catch up with the sports

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results now, starting with Premiership football. Stoke lost at

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The Britannia 1`0 to Manchester City. West Bromwich Albion were at

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home to Fulham, the match ending 1`1, with a late goal from the

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Baggies securing a vital point in the relegation battle.

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In the Championship, Birmingham City won 2`1 away at Blackpool.

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While in League One, Wolves won 3`0 away at Brentford and are now joint

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top of the League. Shrewsbury won away at Notts Count, the score there

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3`2. While Port Vale lost 3`1 at home to

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Crewe. Coventry lost 3`1 away to Tranmere.

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And Walsall lost 2`1 against Crawley.

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In League Two it was a win for Cheltenham, beating Newport 1`0.

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Moving onto the Conference, and it finished Dartford two, Hereford

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zero. While Kidderminster drew 2`2 at home against Braintree. Nuneaton

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lost heavily at home against tabletoppers Luton, the score there

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5`0, while Tamworth drew 1`1 with Welling.

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And there were a couple of local rugby fixtures today, both in the

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Aviva Premiership. Gloucester beat Harlequins 25`20 but Worcester were

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beaten by Sale, losing 24`12. Let's catch up with the weather now,

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here's Kaye Forster with the forecast.

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Good evening. It was nice to see some sunshine today but

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unfortunately there isn't that much of that on offer tomorrow. We pick

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up much more cloud and wind, and another windy day for us tomorrow.

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The winds will blow in some patchy rain tonight but not particularly

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problematic. The temperatures will be held up by that, so quite mild. A

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damp start for us tomorrow morning with spotty rain around first thing.

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The rain will be migrating northwards and westwards through the

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day, so southern areas and eastern areas could have a dry afternoon,

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and it will be particularly mild with highs of 11 or 12. A visit from

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us for now. Good night. Hello. For some places today I am

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sure it felt that spring

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