REPOST: Wild Justice 65 – this one we lost.

Sunday 20th June 2021
Yesterday, after writing the newsletter we sent you, we heard from our lawyers the bad news that we have lost our challenge to the licensing of free-shooting of Badgers. This is a great disappointment because we felt we had an arguable case had it ever come to court – but now it won’t.
It is in the nature of the judicial review procedure that one loses more cases than one wins, and our track record of making advances through court action is very good on general licences and gamebirds.
But this one, on Badgers, can only be seen as a defeat. Still, we did our best, and we would almost certainly make the same decision again faced with the same facts and probabilities.
Thank you to everyone in our legal team for their quite prodigious work on this complex case, thank you to a team of experts for giving us help and advice along the way, and thank you to all those who donated to make the legal challenge possible.  Because we have failed to get permission for judicial review there will be some funds available as a result for other legal challenges.
There will be another newsletter next week – there often is a rush of news in the run-up to the break that the courts and legal system have in the summer months.
Wild Justice (Directors: Mark Avery, Chris Packham and Ruth Tingay).
Jonathan Downes
Cryptozoologist, naturalist, musician, singer, composer, poet, novelist and Director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology since 1992. Jon was born in Portsmouth in 1959 and spent his infancy in Nigeria and his childhood in Hong Kong. His wife Corinna died of cancer in 2020, leaving him with two stepdaughters and a six year old granddaughter called Evelyn.