Dodgy arrests over Pembrokeshire badger cull
19 May 2010 - BBC News
Police say three men arrested in north Pembrokeshire during preparations to
start a badger cull have now been released. Police made the arrests
on Tuesday, over claims two had been interfering with the pilot scheme and the
other over a theft allegation. But officers say that after inquiries no further
action will be taken.
The badger cull has been ordered by the
Welsh Assembly Government as part of
pilot project to cut bovine TB. However, the scheme has faced vocal opposition
from some campaigners, including the
Badger Trust, who recently lost a legal bid
to halt the project. Under the legislation brought in ordering the badger cull, it was
made a criminal offence to "obstruct or interfere with anything being done or
used in connection with the treatment or destruction of badgers".
A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police said on Wednesday: "People have the
right to peacefully protest at locations where it is safe and when it is lawful
and proportionate and in connection with a legitimate aim.
aim to prevent crime and disorder, but when it occurs we provide a
proportionate, effective and timely response."
The Badger Trust is set to challenge the earlier court ruling allowing the
cull to go ahead, and has already sought leave to appeal the judgement. The
chairman of the Badger
Trust, David Williams, said: "This case has raised
matters of much wider public importance - in both legal and non-legal terms. The
judgment in the judicial review could be interpreted as giving a green light to
the killing of all sorts of wildlife across England and Wales on the flimsiest
of evidence of any benefit in the form of disease prevention."
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