As many of you will already know, on 11th September the Badger Trust lost its appeal against the judgment given by Lord Justice Ouseley on 12th July in respect of the Judicial Review the Badger Trust made against the Government’s decision to hold a pilot trial of the free-shooting of badgers in parts of Somerset and Gloucestershire.
The decision was made on a point of law rather than on the basis of science and we therefore feel that this needs to be challenged further. Whilst we have been succesful in Wales in our challenge of the badger cull what happens in England will have detrimental impacts on wildlife and is a moot policy approach.
Brian May has put a petition on the e-gov petition site, asking for the badger cull to be stopped. If between us we can achieve 100,000 signatures on that petition, the Badger Trust can request a parliamentary debate and this is a unique situation, none of the other petitions many of us have already signed can achieve that. E-Gov petitions can only be signed electronically by residents of the UK and I implore everybody reading this e-mail to sign it and to ask everybody you know who has the welfare of badgers at heart, to do the same.