He estimated that 65% of the koala population -- about 20,000 -- would need to be culled
If the badger cull does go ahead, less than a tenth of that number would be culled
Mr Kendall praised BBC1's Countryfile for ensuring a factually balanced account was given but criticised the treatment of the issue on Newsnight, including the use of the phrase "mass slaughter", suggesting 100,000 animals could be culled
The councillors at the Forest of Dean District Council in Gloucestershire passed a motion against allowing badgers to be culled
on land it owns, manages or controls, and to urge other local landowners to prevent culling on their land.
How will proof be gathered that all the animals culled
were humanely killed rather than escaping underground to bleed to death or die of wound infection?
badgers will have postmortems and each cattle TB incident investigated.
Earlier, hundreds of thousands of birds had been culled
in India's north-eastern Assam state and neighboring Meghalaya after bird flu was detected in November last year.
The team found a 19 per cent reduction in the incidence of cattle TB in the areas culled
but a 29 per cent increase of the disease in surrounding farms up to two kilometres away.
Councillor Jim Wells wants the Irish to join in the slaughter of the popular duck, which is to be culled
to extinction in the UK.
Stephen Trotter, chief executive of the Wildlife Trust, said: "We don't want to see either cattle or badgers being culled
and we believe the problem could be resolved if we had an appropriate vaccine.
Surviving badgers from a partly culled
group tend to wander over a larger area and may have increased contact with neighbouring cattle, leading to the spread of TB, experts believe.
When similar large-scale culls were conducted in England, in the first year they achieved no benefits for farmers inside culled
areas but consistently caused large (47%-95%) increases in cattle TB on adjoining lands.