Forty thousand badgers are killed in the recent battle aimed at eradicating TB in cattle, the government announced today.
Snipers target the creatures in 32 areas in 11 English counties, including two where the program will be held for the first time.
According to plans by the Ministry of the Environment, which has granted 11 new licenses to hunt animals, a total of 40,892 people are being sentenced to death.
The program has already been commissioned in Dorset, Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Cheshire, Somerset and Wiltshire.
Staffordshire and Cumbria were added this year.
A total of 19,724 badgers were killed last year, which means a doubling in the number of fatalities when all the animals destined for elimination are killed.
Badger Trust general director Dominic Dyer said: "With the approval of 11 new termination licenses, which now brings the number in England to 32, more than 40,000 more badgers could be killed this fall, bringing the total since 2013 to over 75,000 decreased
"By 2020, more than 150,000 people are likely to have been killed by badger killing, which has led to the extinction of this protected species in parts of Britain where it has lived since the Ice Age."
Experts accuse the badgers of stimulating the spread of TB in cattle.
Last year, more than 33,000 cows were slaughtered in England to fight the disease.
Agriculture Minister George Eustice highlighted the numbers, which showed that in the two counties where culling first took place, outbreaks of TB in cattle had halved.
He said in a statement from the Commonwealth: "In Gloucestershire, the incidence rate has dropped from 10.4% before culling to 5.6% in the 12 months after the fourth kill, while in Somerset it has fallen from 24% to 12% is. "
Veterinarian Christine Middlemiss said: "It is an integral part of the government's 25-year strategy to eradicate the disease in England to take comprehensive measures to prevent bovine TB infection of cattle from the disease reservoir of local badger populations.
"Proactive roof control is currently the best available option.
"Supported by stricter bovine controls, including in those areas where reduction of bovine bovine infection, improved biosecurity and vaccination is being observed, additional areas are required to achieve disease control benefits throughout England."