Legal Action

by Anne
on 22 February, 2020

Save Me Trust seeks permission to intervene in Judicial Review of decision to suspend culling in Derbyshire

On 21st February 2020 the Save Me Trust, represented by Mr Simon Farrell QC, applied to the High Court to intervene in the ongoing Judicial Review challenge to the Government’s decision to suspend badger culling in Derbyshire. The case follows a claim by the National Farmers Union against the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Natural England after the Government put the brakes on plans to issue licenses to cull badgers in the county. Derbyshire has one of the most active vaccination programmes in England, while badger culling has not been authorised in the county since 2005. Had the planned cull gone ahead it would have significantly undermined the well-established vaccination programmes operating in the area. Save Me Trust therefore support the Government’s decision to suspend the cull. We have filed expert scientific evidence from Professor Rosie Woodroffe with the Court and have asked for the opportunity to put forward submissions that will emphasise the need to move away from culling towards non-lethal methods of controlling bovine TB. The case will be heard on 1st April 2020.