Judgment clears way for pilot badger culling

The Badger Trust lost its High Court bid to block a cull of thousands of badgers
The Badger Trust lost its High Court bid to block a cull of thousands of badgers
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The National Farmers Union (NFU) welcomed the ruling.

NFU policy director Martin Haworth said: “This news is critically important to cattle farmers who are blighted with this disease on their farms.”

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA) also welcomed the judgment, saying “we must tackle the disease in wildlife alongside cattle controls if we are to get on top of it”.

Both organisations have maintained consistently that while the culling proposal is regrettable it is necessary so fewer cattle farmers are forced out of business – after confronting Foot And Mouth disease, bluetongue and TB outbreaks in recent years.