DEFRA BAILIFFS PERSECUTE WOMAN WHO STOPPED ILLEGAL KILL-POLICY Alistair
McConnachie writes: During the FMD Scandal of 2001, Janet Hughes,
Montgomery, Wales, was appalled at the needless slaughter she saw in
Brecon Beacons and surrounding area, and she vowed to stop it.
she needed a "personal interest" to take the government to court,
purchased 10 Welsh Cross-Cheviot sheep from a Brecon's grazier. On 16
2001, Janet launched an Injunction against the National Assembly of
MAFF, to stop the culling.
This action immediately stopped the culling on
The Court hearing was heard on the 21 August 2001, and as
well as attempting
to take out an Injunction, Janet also applied for a
Judicial Review of
government policy. A Judicial Review is an official review
policy which will determine its legality.
however, she was denied both an Injunction and a Judicial
Review of the
However, on 27 August 2001 she lodged an Appeal against
this decision, and
since the court hearing of 21 August, only 120 sheep were
ever culled on the
entire Beacons. This cull was on the 27 August 2001 and
was only a small
percentage of a flock belonging to a farmer who had already
signed the form
giving killing authority.
However, her legal action,
although unsuccessful, effectively ended the
culling policy in
Dafydd Morris, from the Council of the Welsh Highland Shepherds
that had it not been for her, then DEFRA would have continued to
throughout the Beacons and into North Wales.
On the 30
January 2002, Janet Hughes appealed in Cardiff against being
Judicial Review, but was unsuccessful there also.
Janet Hughes has
demonstrated an astonishing degree of selflessness and
Farmers throughout Wales have a lot to thank this woman for,
and it is a
national scandal that her efforts are so little known or
especially by those who ought to be thanking her.
reported her court cases on our website at
Not surprisingly, DEFRA have never forgotten - nor
forgiven - Janet for her
successful efforts which stopped them in their
On Tuesday 28 January 2003, DEFRA sent round the bailiffs
to Janet's house,
demanding #17,000 in costs for the August 2001 court case,
even though they
know she is unable to meet these costs.
So far, she
has listed her car, and her son's toy jeep among other things
bailiffs to take away.
As supporter Sue Burton told SOVEREIGNTY: "DEFRA
sent in their Bailiffs
today to list her possessions. They've terrified both
Janet and her
12-year-old son Matthew. Janet fought the case to help end the
the Brecon Beacon sheep - it was a fight that many of us believed
couldn't fight - she had the courage to stand up and take on that
Matthew has stood beside his Mum and supported her. Tonight
inconsolable. It's appalling that they're facing losing their
as a family they've given enough towards the FMD fight. We need
anyway we can."
Donations to help can be made payable to "Save
Our Sheep Appeal", Laurel's
Cottage, Churchstoke, Montgomery, Powys, SY15
6SR, Telephone/Fax: 01588 620
591. Or paid into any branch of the Nationwide
Building Society Trust
Acc no: 0863/703 560 350, Sort Code 07-00-93,