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Minister wont appeal badger cull quashing

14 July 2010 - BBC News

Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones (elin.jones@wales.gov.uk) has confirmed there will be no appeal after the Badger Trust won its court fight to stop a proposed badger cull.

Jones said legal advisors had said the all-Wales wording was appropriate. She was answering an urgent question from the Conservative assembly leader Nick Bourne. The legal advice was said to have come from internal assembly employees.

The minister regretted not being able to give clarity to farmers as to what the next steps would be, as she, along with her officials would need to consider the judges' decision. Jones said: "I have to give consideration to the judgement and the content of the judgement. I'm sure farmers in particular will have been frustrated by the judgement from the appeal court." She added 64% of farmers in the proposed cull area had had experience of TB outbreaks since 2003, saying: "The reality of TB is something they live with day-to-day."

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