A High Court judge has granted the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and various other claimants an interim injunction to protect farmers from unlawful actions by badger cull protesters. The injunction will prevent animal rights activists from protesting within 100m of the homes and 25m of businesses of anyone involved in the cull. The injunction does not prevent peaceful and legal protest, however.

The judgement, which was made days before, comes after farmers have been intimidated and harassed by those opposed to the cull. NFU president Peter Kendall welcomed the decision, saying: “Let’s be clear from the start, this has never been about preventing people from holding legitimate and legal protests. This injunction is about stopping those intent on totally unacceptable incidents of harassment and threats made against a number of farmers and landowners in Gloucestershire, Somerset and Dorset by those opposed to the badger cull.”

The rest of this article appears in the 28th August issue of Shooting Times.

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