PLEASE CONTINUE TO DONATE TO ENSURE WE RAISE A FURTHER £20,000 BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER (SEE BELOW).
Last year Justice Cranston ruled against us in our High Court Judicial Review claim, that to keep culling badgers after a four-year cull was an unlawful, unproven approach to bTB control. We also claimed that safeguards of nature reserves from ecological damage following badger removal were inadequate. Defra and Natural England (NE) continue badger culling in England on an increasing scale, based on what we say is wrong advice, decision making and procedure.
In Court in March 2019 we successfully showed how NE had again breached their duty under Section 28 of The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 with inadequate assessments of several areas prior to licensing culls. Pointless badger culling and its under-estimated ecological impact must be opposed. We were nearly thwarted when NE challenged our submission of further witness evidence bringing the inadequacies to the attention of the Court. We fought on to successfully show how NEs systems were faulty and that they were extensively changing their procedures on an ongoing basis.
On 2nd July 2019 the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lady Justice Nicola Davies and Lord Justice Singh heard our appeal to the decision of Sir Ross Cranston. Judgment is anticipated to be handed down between the end of July and early September. To fund the legal action we appealed for £48,000 of which we required £28,000 by July and this has successfully been achieved with £25,810 on line at 25/7/2019 plus Gift Aid. The remaining £20,000 is needed by end of September.
We are at various stages of challenge of several other issues including the 2018 Low Risk Area (LRA) badger culling policy, the Cumbria LRA 2018 Licence, other 2018 licences and Supplementary Culling in Gloucestershire and Somerset pilot areas where bTB rates are increasing. Several thousand pounds each is required to establish feasibility and to determine potential outcomes before applying to the Court.
The funds are used purely for legal advice and representation currently being undertaken at reduced rates. Every £1 spent is monitored and each action reviewed to reduce expenditure. Our Habitats Regulations advisor Dominic Woodfield continues to work pro-bono as do I and The Badger Crowd Management Team.
Good progress has been achieved and we have much to build upon. Our intention is to continue to seek legal justice for badgers by having all our arguments clearly heard in Court. Financial support has been given by badger groups, trusts, charities and the public and we cannot thank you enough for your whole-hearted support. We hope that those not already part of The Badger Crowd will read this appeal and join us and ask others to do so. Each donation, however modest, contributes to the £20,000 still required. Thank you for caring and please help us if you can.
Tom Langton and The Badger Crowd.