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Judicial review on badger culling in Derbyshire

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Today there has been coverage on Defra’s successful defence against a legal challenge over a decision to not license a badger cull in Derbyshire last year.

This has been covered by the Guardian, the Times and BBC News Online.

A Defra spokesperson said:

“We welcome the High Court ruling which fully dismisses this claim on all grounds.

“The government remains committed to its strategy to combat bovine TB which leads to the slaughter of over 30,000 cattle every year and considerable trauma for farmers. We recently set out the next phase of this work which includes field trials of a cattle vaccine, plans to vaccinate more badgers against the disease and improved testing to intercept bTB earlier.”

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  1. Comment by Michael Desmond Walters posted on

    DEFRA have no interest in morality, one day they will have to answer to their god. they will answer to me at the next election!

  2. Comment by Sheepstealer posted on

    Good sense prevails

  3. Comment by Michael Hughes posted on

    A welcome year-long reprieve for one county's badgers. But the wholesale slaughter --of mostly disease free badgers--goes on. I remain unconvinced that Defra's supposed new policy really is a commitment. Meanwhile the fallible skin test remains the main cause of TB spread as cattle are, and always have been, the main vectors.

  4. Comment by Jane posted on

    Just so greedy people can eat animals and drink milk meant for baby cows!!!
    Wrong wrong wrong!!!!! ????