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The Badger Trust says they are deciding whether to appeal after the High Court today rejected their request to stop the culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire, unless an expert panel was reinstated to oversee them.
The High Court has rejected an 11th-hour challenge to a Government decision to let the latest badger cull go ahead without monitoring by a panel of independent experts.
The Badger Trust wanted a ruling to block "controlled shooting" of free-roaming badgers in Gloucestershire and Somerset unless a panel is put in place.
But Mr Justice Kenneth Parker, sitting in London, today dismissed the application for judicial review.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is testing whether the shooting method can be rolled out to other parts of the country to tackle tuberculosis in cattle.
Last year an independent expert panel (IEP) said in a report on the first year of the four-year pilot schemes that controlled shooting could not deliver the level of culling needed to bring about a reduction in bovine TB and was not humane.
"The government has not just moved the goalposts on the badger culls - now it wants to sack the referee". That's what a lawyer told the High Court today.
The Badger Trust is asking a judge to stop the culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire, unless an expert panel is reinstated to oversee them. Dozens of supporters demonstrated outside, as Bob Constantine reports
The Badger Trust has gone to the High Court to challenge the badger culls which are about to resume in Somerset and Gloucestershire. Around a hundred people took part in demonstrations outside the court including environmental campaigner Bill Oddie who spoke to ITV News.
Campaigners have gathered outside the High Court in London today for another hearing about the Government's badger cull.
The Badger Trust is seeking a ruling that there has been a failure to install an independent panel of experts to monitor this year's pilot culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset. The culls are taking place to try to stop the spread of TB in cattle.