Badger culling legal challenge fails

Thursday, 12 July, 2012




A legal bid to block the badger cull in England has failed in the High Court.

The government says that culling will help combat cattle tuberculosis, which costs the UK more than £ 100 million per year.

The Badger Trust argued that the cull was illegal, as it will at best make a small impact on the disease and could make it worse.

Culling is now likely to go ahead later this year in west Gloucestershire and west Somerset, with as many as 40 sites to be licensed eventually.

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