NFU wins ruling against protesters
An injunction has been granted to restrict people protesting against the badger cull in the Westcountry.
The National Farmers' Union (NFU) applied for the injunction, claiming some farmers have been intimidated and harassed and therefore need protection.
The High Court yesterday ruled in the NFU's favour, after an agreement on the wording of the injunction was reached.
Culls are expected to start possibly on Monday in the West Somerset and West Gloucestershire pilot zones.
The pilot cull will run over a six-week period. More than 5,000 badgers could be killed.
The cull will involve the animals being shot in the open by marksmen using rifles. The badgers will not be trapped in cages first.
NFU Somerset chairman James Small said: "I'm sad that we're having to do this due to the activities of a very small group of people who seem to be determined or even hell-bent, shall I say, on trying to cause problems in the name of a larger group of people who have some legitimate concerns but who want to operate within the law."
A spokesman for the Badger Trust, which opposed the injunction, said it was relieved that the High Court ruled that lawful protests should be protected.