Wild Justice challenges licensing of Badger shooting

by Wild Justice

Wild Justice challenges licensing of Badger shooting

by Wild Justice
Wild Justice
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Wild Justice is a not-for-profit company which takes legal cases on behalf of wildlife.
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on 30th June 2020
£38,525
pledged of £48,500 stretch target from 1,165 pledges
Wild Justice
Case Owner
Wild Justice is a not-for-profit company which takes legal cases on behalf of wildlife.

Latest: July 3, 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE and Thank you very much!

At 10:15 this morning we had a phone call, out of the blue, from an organisation offering us £10,000 to help fund our legal challenge of free-shooting of Badgers. At lunch time we got some pape…

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Wild Justice opposes DEFRA's highly controversial Badger cull, licensed by Natural England. Amongst a plethora of reasons we regard it as an unwarranted assault on wildlife which will not eliminate bovine Tb from dairy herds and which operates at appallingly low standards of animal welfare.

We contend that DEFRA and Natural England have failed to define humane practices and that unacceptably high number of badgers, killed by free shooting, die slowly and painfully every year.

In 2014 an expert panel advising Government on animal welfare standards for Badger culls recommended that “in the context of controlled shooting of badgers by trained and licensed contractors, the percentage of animals surviving for more than 5 min after being shot, and the percentage being wounded but not retrieved, should not together exceed 5%”. 

Natural England's own annual reports show that this standard is never met in practice and that the number of Badgers taking longer than 5 minutes to die or failing to be recovered is consistently about 10% - twice as high as recommended.

So DEFRA appears to us to be pursuing an inhumane Badger cull, NE is licensing it and Badgers are suffering cruelly. Why? Because a humane cull would be even more expensive and would draw even greater attention to the large sums of public money being spent on an unsuccessful control measure.  

Wild Justice is raising money to challenge the legality of free shooting under current circumstances and we are seeking a judicial review of Natural England's licensing decisions.

We want to initiate a debate on the inappropriate methods employed to facilitate the cull and challenge their legality.

This is a costly challenge - we have already spent a lot of time in correspondence with DEFRA and Natural England.  We need to raise £48,500 to pay our lawyers, court costs, costs of research, Crowdjustice fees and Natural England's costs if we fail to win the legal argument.  

Please help with a donation to enable us take this challenge on behalf of Badgers, those charismatic and ecologically essential members of our fauna. 

Thank you for any help you can give.

Chris Packham, Ruth Tingay and Mark Avery (co-founders of Wild Justice)


If, for any unexpected reason, we raise more money than we need to fund this challenge then unspent funds will be retained by Crowdjustice and will be available for Wild Justice to use for other similar legal cases on behalf of UK wildlife.

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Wild Justice

July 3, 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE and Thank you very much!

At 10:15 this morning we had a phone call, out of the blue, from an organisation offering us £10,000 to help fund our legal challenge of free-shooting of Badgers. At lunch time we got some paperwork to fill in and we have now signed an agreement and sent it back.

We don't have the money yet but we have complete confidence that it will be on its way. With the amazing generosity of over 1100 donors and money for this crowdfunder that has come straight to Wild Justice and been transferred across, then we have met our target in just over 72 hours. That is amazing - our supporters are amazing.

Thank you so much. We have asked Crowdjustice to close this crowdfunder - it may take a while before that happens.

We will let you know the identity of the generous organisational donor in due course.

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