Accepting that the Trust had real prospects of success in its challenge to the proposed badger cull, Lord Justice Elias granted leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal, ordered an urgent hearing of the matter and put in place a protective costs regime. The Trust hopes that the Welsh Assembly Ministers will now await the outcome of the appeal before pressing ahead with a mass badger cull in Wales. The Assembly has said that the cull could start ‘any day now’ despite the growing numbers of farmers who are opposed to the cull and fear it will cause an overall increase in TB on their lands.

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