3 September 2013
Graham Shepherd, South Yorkshire Badger Group, has asked Badger Trust to circulate the following note on his behalf. It is hoped that this petition will be widely supported and that recipients of this note will forward it to their on-line contacts in order to widen awareness of a situation which affects us all.
A new ruling gives victims of crime and their relatives or supporters the right to challenge when the CPS abandons a case, declines to prosecute or presents no evidence in court. But what if the victim is an animal? Via my MP Angela Smith I asked this question of the Secretary of State and received such a dismissive negative reply that she had to write again for clarification. The eventual response was that individuals, activists and organisations such as badger groups, RSPB, RSPCA LACS etc do not have the right to challenge CPS decisions in this way.
With this in mind I have started a petition on 38Degrees at http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/animal-victims-right-of-review
Graham Shepherd (SYBG)
STOP PRESS — It is with great sadness that Badger trust have received confirmation that the badger cull will begin tonight in Gloucestershire. For details of Wounded Badger Patrols in Gloucestershire please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We have also received further details about the March in Taunton on Saturday 7th Sept. Please see our events webpage here:
Peaceful Presence in Taunton – 7th September 2013
It is now more important than ever that we show the extent of public opinion against the cull so do please come along if you can.