Anti-badger cull campaigners defeated in legal battle

Campaigners have lost a legal battle at the Court of Appeal over the culling of badgers.

The Badger Trust had accused the Government of acting unlawfully by allowing the latest badger culls to go ahead without an independent expert panel to monitor whether the animals are being killed in a humane way.

The Government and farmers insist culling is necessary to tackle tuberculosis in livestock. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Three judges dismissed their case that there was a "legitimate expectation" that such a panel would be put in place for culling that the Government and farmers insist is necessary to tackle tuberculosis in livestock.

The campaigners' challenge arose from a decision to sanction a second year of "controlled shooting" of free-roaming badgers in Gloucestershire and Somerset.