Farmers accuse environment secretary of unlawful badger cull intervention

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has accused environment secretary Theresa Villiers of ‘unlawful’ interference over a decision to cull badgers in Derbyshire and has applied for judicial review.

by James Agyepong-Parsons
In September, the environment secretary intervened in the permit process, blocking a proposed badger cull in Derbyshire. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images
In September, the environment secretary intervened in the permit process, blocking a proposed badger cull in Derbyshire. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

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