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Anti-badger cull campaigners have lost their legal challenge

Opponents of the badger culls have lost their latest legal challenge. The Badger Trust were appealing against an earlier ruling that culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire could go ahead without independent monitors.

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The Badger Trust will 'not give up' after badger cull challenge fails

The Badger Trust says it will not give up after its challenge against government plans to cull thousands of badgers failed at the Court of Appeal. The government is planning two pilot culls, one in West Somerset and the other in West Gloucestershire. The challenge was unanimously rejected.

We are very disappointed. We don't know what the next step is, but we will not give up.

– Patricia Hayden, vice-chairman of the Badger Trust

The Trust says that killing badgers will make no meaningful contribution to tackling the disease, which has been described as the most pressing animal health problem in the UK.

Lord Justice Laws, Lord Justice Rimer and Lord Justice Sullivan unanimously rejected the appeal, which was only concerned with statutory construction.

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