Sunday, 1 November 2015

Brian May fails in bid for judicial review on badger culling

The Queen guitarist and animal rights campaigner has his appeal against High Court ruling rejected

8:58AM GMT 27 Oct 2015

Queen guitarist Brian May has failed in his bid for a judicial review into the legalities of badger culling.

The animal rights campaigner has had his appeal against a High Court ruling that turned down his first judicial review request rejected.

May's Save Me Trust said the government went against its own culling policy and would explore other legal challenges.

Brian May brings Team Badger to London to try and save Britain's badgers  Photo: Eddie Mulholland/The Telegraph

The government and the National Farmers' Union said culling badgers would curb tuberculosis in cattle.

In August the news of an extended badger cull prompted the trust to lodge an unsuccessful request for a judicial review in September.

"This awful policy must be put to bed now, in favour of a policy that really will address the TB problem in cattle."

The trust accused the government of going against Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) policy, published in 2011, "which promised no culling would take place if the incidence of bTB was falling in a specific place".

Save Me Trust boss Anne Brummer said Defra figures showed the incidence of bovine TB was declining in both Dorset and Gloucestershire three years before the culls began.

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