The Badger Trust is applying for a judicial review of the decision made in September 2009 by the Welsh Assembly Government to include the killing of badgers in its bovine tuberculosis eradication scheme.
The Badger Trust is applying for a judicial review of the decision made in September 2009 by the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) to include the killing of badgers in its bovine tuberculosis eradication scheme. The Badger Trust challenges the legality of the decision.
The trust has exchanged several letters before action with the WAG’s legal department to state its case and clarify the government’s intentions. However, there have been considerable delays in receiving answers and the three-month time limit is about to expire. The Badger Trust has been advised that further delay could risk the application being declined.
However, according to the trust, the Welsh Assembly Government claims its September announcement “did not amount to a decision” and that the Badger Trust’s challenge would be premature. If the trust’s application were refused on these or any other grounds, the group could still make a further application, but not if the application was ruled too late despite the delays being caused by the WAG and not by the Badger Trust.
David Williams, chairman of the Badger Trust, said: “It is with some reluctance but nevertheless firm resolve that we must, as an organisation dedicated to the welfare and protection of the badger, enter into these proceedings at the highest level. The decision is unjust and goes against the scientific evidence, and the law affords us this opportunity of challenging the legality of the W.A.G.s intention to kill badgers, and we are now taking it.”
The background and grounds of claim can be downloaded below as a Word document.