Despite public protests, a total of 924 badgers were killed in Gloucestershire last autumn and a further 955 in Somerset, costing taxpayers almost £8million.

The carcasses were incinerated rather than subjected to tests that could have given more insight into the way bovine TB is spread.

Four were tested, however, at the request of a landowner, according to a Freedom of Information request to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Reported by the Sunday Express. You can read the full story here. 

I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.