Welsh badger cull to face new legal challenge

The Badger Trust has been told that it can appeal against a Judicial Review’s decision to back the Welsh Assembly Government’s planned badger cull in Pembrokeshire.

The cull aims to cut the rate of tuberculosis in cattle, but opponents say that it is not justified by science. The trust argued that the assembly government had not demonstrated that a cull would “eliminate or substantially reduce” the rate of TB infection, as the law meant it had to.

In response, Mr Justice Elias agreed that these two points were “arguable”, and granted the trust leave to appeal.

However, a spokesman for the assembly indicated that the cull will proceed, although the a date has not been set for fear of disruption from campaigners.

Source article: “Wales’s Badger cull faces new legal challenge” by Richard Black