Court cull challenge fails

22 August 2001

Court cull challenge fails

By FWi staff

A FOOT-AND-MOUTH campaigner has failed in a High Court challenge to the culling policy in the Brecon Beacons.

Environmental science teacher Janet Hughes, of Montgomery, Powys, was refused permission by Mr Justice Stanley Burnton to bring a judicial review.

She recently bought 10 hefted sheep, which graze at Talybont-on-Usk.

Ms Hughes claimed the cull was unlawful because animals were being culled after testing positive for virus antibodies, not the disease itself.

Her counsel, Guy Adams, said the cull of hefted sheep would have serious environmental consequences for the Beacons.

But the judge rejected the application for the government decision over the cull to be quashed or declared unlawful on the basis it was irrational.

Afterwards, Miss Hughes vowed to continue the fight and has launched an appeal fund to meet her estimated 25,000 legal costs.

Four new outbreaks of foot-and-mouth were confirmed in Cumbria on Tuesday (21 August) taking the UK total to 1967.


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