As reported by the Telegraph:
27 October 2015
The Queen guitarist and animal rights campaigner has his appeal against High Court ruling rejected Queen guitarist Brian May has failed in his bid for a judicial review into the legalities of badger culling.
The animal rights campaigner has had his appeal against a High Court ruling that turned down his first judicial review request rejected.
May had pursued legal action after badger culls began in Dorset and continued in Somerset and Gloucestershire.
May’s Save Me Trust said the government went against its own culling policy and would explore other legal challenges.
Brian May brings Team Badger to London to try save Britain’s badgers.Brian May brings Team Badger to London to try and save Britain’s badgers
The government and the National Farmers’ Union said culling badgers would curb tuberculosis in cattle.
In August the news of an extended badger cull prompted the trust to lodge an unsuccessful request for a judicial review in September.
“This awful policy must be put to bed now, in favour of a policy that really will address the TB problem in cattle.” Brian May
The trust accused the government of going against Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) policy, published in 2011, “which promised no culling would take place if the incidence of bTB was falling in a specific place”.
Save Me Trust boss Anne Brummer said Defra figures showed the incidence of bovine TB was declining in both Dorset and Gloucestershire three years before the culls began.
She said: “Where a public authority issues a promise as to how it intends to act, the law requires that the promise is honoured unless there is good reason not to do so.”
However a High Court judge denied the application for a judicial review on appeal at a two-hour oral hearing, on the grounds that the initial request should have been lodged earlier.
The cull has now ended for this year, but the charity is still pursuing “legal action options” as the culls take place over four years.
May did not issue a statement but had earlier said: “This awful policy must be put to bed now, in favour of a policy that really will address the TB problem in cattle.”