ANTI-BADGER cull protesters staged a demonstration in Taunton town centre this afternoon (May 29).

Members of the Somerset Against the Badger Cull group donned badger costumes and handed out leaflets to shoppers.

The cull is expected to take place in West Somerset any time from this Saturday (June 1).

More than 2,000 badgers will be killed within a 300sqkm pilot zone in a bid to tackle the effects of TB on the cattle farming industry.

Police in West Somerset last week admitted they have been carrying out training drills in a bid to combat possible action by anti-cull activists.