Shropshire Star Monday May 6th 2002.

Foot and Mouth campaigner to fight on.

by Karen Evans.

A Mid Wales campaigner who has waged a year long war against the Government foot and mouth disease culling policy is preparing to stand alone in front of the European courts.

Janet Hughes of Churchstoke has vowed to fight on single-handedly to try to stop foot and mouth culling in the future, even though financially and legally she is running out of options.

The teacher of environmental science, who is taking her struggle to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasburg, has prepared a legal submission herself after failing to find a human rights lawyer to help her. Miss Hughes, who only has #800 left in an appeal fund she set up, could have to face at least seven European judges if her case is accepted by the court.

She said, 'I have done the submission and I have ordered a book on human rights. I am waiting for that just to check everything before I send it in before the end of the month. I have to take the case on my own now because I have not got the funds to pay for a barrister and no-one has come forward to help. I would be frightened if I was called to the European Court but I did it in Cardiff and I would have to do it again.'

Miss Hughes fears if she stops her legal bid to have the cull declared unlawful, the killing could start again. She was initially refused permission for a review in London. But she again argued in Cardiff earlier this year that the decision to cull thousands of sheep, taken by DEFRA and the Welsh Assembly, on the Brecon Beacons last summer was unlawful.