The RSPCA has voiced its disappointment after a legal challenge to prevent a badger cull failed in the High Court this morning (July 12), but claimed: “the fight is not over yet!”
The RSPCA has voiced its disappointment after a legal challenge to prevent a badger cull failed in the High Court this morning (July 12).
Having supported the Badger Trust‘s legal challenge of a trial cull in England, the RSPCA has vowed to continue the fight despite the result of the judicial review.
Director of communications David Bowles said: “We are bitterly disappointed that the UK Government in England is ploughing on with plans to kill badgers but the fight is not over yet.
“We believe culling is not a long-term, sustainable solution and will be of little help in reducing the disease – perhaps even making things worse in some areas. It will wipe out huge numbers of this much-loved species, virtually eliminating badgers from these areas, including many animals which are healthy.
“It is not as if there aren’t alternatives to a cull. Vaccination could be a more effective and sustainable way of dealing with the disease, and one which does not involve killing most of the badger population in very large areas of the countryside.”
The Badger Trust is currently consulting with legal advisors on whether to appeal the decision.