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Bovine tuberculosis and the culling of badgers are highly emotive issues: farmers cite the huge financial implications for both the farming industry and the public purse, whilst wildlife campaigners claim that the cull is both cruel and lacking in scientific basis. Few can have doubted that the issuing of a policy on licensing badger culls in England would be challenged, and on 12 July 2012, Mr. Justice Ouseley handed down the opinion of the Administrative Court in R (on the application of the Badger Trust) v Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs  EWHC 1904 (Admin).
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