Wednesday, 29 October 2014

"Badgers lose Court of Appeal legal battle"

From the BBC:

Badgers have lost a legal battle at the Court of Appeal against being culled. The Badgers' Association had accused the government of letting the latest pilot culls go ahead without an independent expert panel (IEP).

At a special late night session, the two badgers who had survived the journey from the West Country out of the seven who set off, asked three judges to rule there was a "legitimate expectation" that the expert monitors would be put in place.

But Lord Justice Davis, Lord Justice Christopher Clarke and Lord Justice Bean dismissed their case. They backed an earlier decision by the High Court that ministers had not broken rules in permitting a cull without scrutiny by an independent scientific panel.

The badgers were then taken out into the courtyard and shot,