Science has no absolute right when faced with politics, says Owen Paterson
Published 29 October 2013
The minister, who has sanctioned badger culling in the South West amid criticism it is "anti-science", said he drew on his experience from living in the countryside and being "bombarded" by advice.
This week, Sir David Attenborough entered the debate surrounding the cull, accusing the Government of "ignoring science" by extending the badger cull in Gloucestershire by eight weeks. It is one of two pilots that will determine whether culling to eradicate bovine TB destroying farming in the region is extended.