A trial cull of badgers in two areas of England can start on Saturday.
About 5,000 badgers will be shot in West Gloucestershire and West Somerset over a six-week period.
The government says the action is needed to help tackle bovine tuberculosis (TB), a disease that affects cattle.
But campaigners against the cull say it will have no impact on bovine TB, and could lead to local populations of badgers being wiped out.
Badgers have been useful to trial lawyers who sometimes object that opposing counsel is "badgering the witness."
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