Badger Culling in England:

The Legal Challenges

Tom Langton is leading on two Judicial Reviews that will be heard from 9th-11th July.  The Badger Crowd have produced a FAQs sheet about the legal challenges that can be downloaded here.

Badger Crowd FAQs: Badger Cull Legal Challenge 2018
Badger Crowd FAQs 9th June 2018.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 685.2 KB

Latest newsletter from Tom 6th July

Dear Badger Crowd,




We are now just days away from the start of our four day hearing in the High Court where we will be challenging various aspects of Government policy implementation regarding the culling of Badgers to help eradicate bovine TB in cattle.




Without your support and donations this would have not been possible. From Sophie who donated £3.00 saying sorry this was all she could afford to the hundreds of individuals, Badger groups and Charities who have donated hundreds and in some cases thousands of pounds, all have been vital to enable this opportunity to seek justice for badgers and the wider environment.




The government is seeking to further increase badger culling in England on an industrial scale. Badgers have been removed from woods, banks and meadows in a growing series of brutal bloody countryside purges and now the plan is to cull over the whole of England. If they get their way, hundreds of thousands of healthy badgers will be slaughtered over the next 20 years, financed by our taxes, based upon dubious science, misinformation, inadequate cattle testing and movement control and unsustainable economic plans.




Following many months of dedicated voluntary work from a wide range of expertise we are now prepared to challenge Government in The High Court to bring justice for badgers. We hope for an outcome in August 2018. During the last two weeks the @badgercrowd twitter account has been used to message the Badger Crowd and a wider audience. We will continue throughout the hearing with updates direct from the High Court.




Future potential legal challenges are on the horizon and challenges to the May 2018 Government Policy update, which includes targeted reactive culling in the Low Risk Areas are underway.




Heartfelt thanks go out to The Badger Crowd who care about badgers and who recognise they are our environmental heritage, the destruction of which serves no meaningful purpose.




Best wishes,




Tom Langton and his support group.




To keep abreast with all the latest news, follow the Crowd on Twitter@Badger Crowd




The BBC Wildlife magazine July edition has just been published and features a four page spread on the issues surrounding our case. Buy from Newsagents or find online.




George Monbiot published an article in the Guardian on 4th July which can be read online here: