23 August 2001
Court cull woman to fight on

By Robert Davies, Wales correspondent

A TEACHER who lost a High Court challenge against the governments foot-and-mouth slaughter policy says she will fight on – even if it means financial ruin.

Janet Hughes was ordered to pay legal costs estimated at 25,000, of which only 5000 is covered by donations to her Save our Sheep fund.

After a four-hour hearing, Miss Hughes vowed to continue her personal battle to halt the slaughter of animals not showing clinical signs of the disease.

“I might be mad but I will not give up,” she said.

The latest blood tests results from sheep in the Brecon Beacons have all been negative, indicating that further culls may not be necessary.

But routine testing is due to start on other common grazings.