AN UNUSUAL vehicle has been out and about around the area campaigning against the upcoming badger cull, due to start in West Somerset sometime after June 1.

Animal Aid's 'badger battle bus' is a converted ambulance with black and white artwork with the message: 'Badgers have friends...and those friends have votes'.

Alongside the eye-catching bus, campaigners have been handing out leaflets, postcards and talking to members of the public.

Kate Fowler, head of campaigns with Animal Aid, said: “The proposed badger cull is unpopular, unethical and unnecessary. The public doesn't want it, scientists say it won't work, and wildlife experts are queuing up to denounce it.

“Regardless, the Conservatives plan to forge ahead with this cruel policy, even though there is the option to vaccinate badgers instead.”