18 SEPTEMBER 2012
The Badger Trust has lost its appeal from the decision of Mr Justice Ouseley upholding government plans for two pilot badger culls in West Gloucestershire and West Somerset. The Badger Trust had argued that the cull would contravene the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, which allows culling to “prevent the spread of disease” but they argued, was not intended to provide licences for a mass cull.
The culls are due to start in the autumn, against vigorous opposition from animal welfare charities who say that the cull in needless and will result in the unnecessary deaths of thousands of badgers.
The government insist it is necessary to help eradicate bovine TB.
However campaign groups have called on the Government to delay the plans for a cull to explore the possibility of vaccinating cattle and to consider whether the culls would contravene European conservation law under the Bern Convention that protects wildlife and to which the UK is a contracting party.
For further information about the campaign to protect badgers see www.badger.org.uk