CAMPAIGNERS against the controversial badger cull have claimed a "secret report" was published by Whitehall to expand the cull.
Anti-badger cull group Care for the Wild said the report shows Environment Secretary Owen Paterson and the National Farmers Union have agreed to roll out the cull to parts of the UK.
The cull in Gloucestershire lasted more than 10 weeks, and fell short of the 70 per cent target.
But the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs denied having produced the report, although an audit of both pilot schemes has been compiled by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratory Agency.
An independent panel of experts is set to produce their report in the new year, and protesters insist no action to expand the cull should be taken until then.
A Defra spokesman said: "There is no secret report. The independent expert panel is considering the findings of the cull pilots."