SIR – Isn’t it worrying that Defra held out so long before agreeing to pay the paltry £136,000 required to keep the National Wildlife Crime Unit open for another year, and yet it has already paid more than ten times that sum in preparation for the unpopular and unscientific badger cull?

That figure will rise significantly as the Government has now agreed to pay for any additional policing costs, too.

One could be forgiven for thinking that this government is not in the least concerned about protecting wildlife, but sees it, at worst, as an inconvenience and, at best, as something to chase and kill for sport.

Kate Fowler, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent