Badger Trust launches fresh legal challenge

The Badger Trust has mounted a fresh legal challenge against a High Court ruling which gave the go-ahead for badger culling trials in England.

The court ruling on 12 July threw out an initial attempt by the anti-cull campaign group to block DEFRA’s proposed pilot culls, aimed at tackling bovine tuberculosis in cattle.

Presiding judge, Mr Justice Ouseley, gave the trust seven days to lodge an appeal which it did ahead of the deadline at 4pm on 19 July.

The trust challenge was based on Mr Justice Ouseley’s decision to allow culling under an interpretation of laws that are designed to protect badgers.
 
Lawyers also challenged the judge’s rejection of their arguments that DEFRA’s culling decision was underpinned by a “flawed cost impact assessment”.

In a statement Badger Trust spokesman Jack Reedy said: “The government’s proposals to kill badgers in England are likely to do more harm than good.”

He added that culling badgers, in the hopes of reducing incidence by 12-16% after nine years, was a costly distraction from 84% of the problem.

“Cattle-based measures stringently applied would be sufficient [to control the disease],” said Mr Reedy.

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