Badger Cull – The Fight Continues
A badger cull has been taking place in Somerset and Gloucestershire, with the aim to kill over 5000 badgers within six weeks. As you may have read in the media, the cull was deeply flawed in many ways, and failed to kill the number of badgers they hoped for. This was good news for the badgers, but the concern is that the UK Government will use this to justify extending culling to other parts of the country over the next few years. If they do, 100,000 badgers will die.
Urgent – Message from the CEO
Thank you to everyone who has supported us in our fight so far. We need your help now more than ever to keep fighting the cull and to stop it expanding post trial. We are literally doing all we can lobbying, organising and attending protests, working with the media to expose the truth and much more – but we can’t do it without you. If you can help, please donate by using the form below. Every donation, no matter what amount, will really help. Thank You.
Philip Mansbridge, Chief Executive Officer.
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What Have We Been Doing?
Care for the Wild has been playing a leading role in opposing the cull, as part of Team Badger. Here’s just a few of the things we’ve done over the last few months:
- Slamming the cull on TV, radio including BBC News, ITV, Sky, Newsround, BBC Five Live, Radio Four and several national newspapers
- Working with Sky News to break a story proving that farmers have been illegally gassing badger setts
- Revealing that a tiny proportion of the culled badgers would be tested to ensure they were killed humanely
- De-bunking key pro-cull arguments, such as that the Republic of Ireland badger cull was ‘a success’
- Working with the Sunday Times to show that meat infected with TB was being sold into the food chain
- Repeatedly showing that rates of bTB were falling prior to the culling taking place
- Taking a leading role in the formation of the Badger Vaccination Initiative
- Funding, with other charities, the co-ordination of several local council anti-cull petitions
- Funding on-the-ground protesters in the cull zones to supply equipment for peaceful protests
- Breaking the story that farmers moving cattle illegally (thus risking TB spread) are very rarely prosecuted
- Speaking at and helping organise badger cull protests in Taunton, Manchester, Witney (David Cameron’s constituency), Bedford, Kettering and Northampton, Derby and Brighton.
- Challenging supermarkets and the Soil Association – which certifies organic food – to reject the cull
- Writing leading articles criticising the cull in a range of publications including the Ecologist, the Grocer, Huffington Post
- Helping organise a high-profile seminar on badger and cattle vaccination at the Zoological Society of London
- Creating valuable campaign materials including our Cure Not Kill poster, and the 10 Things You’ve Heard about the Badger Cull And Why They’re Wrong leaflet.
- Producing a badger cull episode of the children’s TV favourite Bodger & Badger.
What’s the Latest?
You can keep up with the latest news on the badger cull by following our Twitter feed. Follow the #badgerarmy hashtag to see where local protests are taking place.
- To read our latest press releases and media coverage on the cull, click here.
- To read the views on the cull of our CEO Philip Mansbridge, click here.
- To read the most recent views of our Policy Advisor Dominic Dyer, click here and here. To watch Dominic’s speeches at protest events, go to our YouTube channel.
- To find out the arguments for and against, the cull, take a look at our quick Q&A here.
- To find out about Cure Not Kill, and our work with Team Badger, click here.
- To read a recent statement we made on the issue of illegal gassing and the NFU, click here.
How you can help
Learn the Facts
10 Things You’ve Heard About the Badger Cull….and Why They’re Wrong! Print this out and give it to anyone who you think is pro-cull, or to anyone that doesn’t understand the reality of this pointless cull.
Make Your Voice Heard
If you want to start your own local peaceful protest against the cull, we’ll provide you with a pack including badges, posters and advice on gaining media coverage. Email us at email@example.com to request one.
Anti-cull events are taking place around the country:
- Newcastle upon Tyne, noon, February 1st 2014
- Stratford upon Avon, March 15th 2014 (tbc)
- See below for reports/pictures of previous marches
Local Council Petitions
Petitions are springing up around the country to get local authorities to ban culling on their land. We are helping fund the work our friends at B-R-A-V-E to compile a list of current and future petitions (below).
Please go to the B-R-A-V-E Operation Badger page to sign any relevant petitions, and if you want to start one in an area not listed below, contact them at http://www.b-r-a-v-e.co.uk and click on Join Us.
- There are now 64 current petitions available to sign
- 13 more petitions have been submitted and are awaiting council action before going live
- Another 25 petitions are in process of being submitted
- Discussions about setting up petitions have taken place in another 107 areas!
Leeds leads the Way!
Bristol March is a Goodie!
Best yet – Bristol attracted around 1000 ‘Badger Army’ members to a march which, coincidentally, started at the exact time that the cull in Gloucester was called to a halt.So there was an air of celebration – while at the same time knowing that the battle will continue in the new year.
Among the speakers were TV wildlife experts Bill Oddie and Simon King, as well as Dominic Dyer.
Bodger & Badger join the Brighton Badger March
Around 700 people protested against the cull in Brighton on Sunday 3rd November, including TV kids’ favourites Bodger and Badger. Dominic Dyer delivered another stirring speech before we hit the streets through a busy – and friendly – town centre.
‘Cameron’s Cull’ Protest Comes to Witney
We visited David Cameron’s constituency of Witney on Saturday when another committed local group organised a peaceful protest. Read about how it went here.
1000 March in Manchester!
Around 1000 anti-cull protesters marched in Manchester on Sunday 29th September, as part of a mass TUC protest. Amazing turnout, and the message was loud and clear. Take a look at our Dominic Dyer raising the roof with his pre-march speech:
See more pictures on our Facebook page.
Peaceful Presence in Taunton – Saturday 7th September: Great Success!
The Somerset Badger Patrols hosted an event in Taunton on the 7th September. It was a peaceful event similar to the London March to show the strength of public feeling against the shooting of badgers in Somerset and Gloucestershire with a turn out of around 400 people in the pouring rain.
There was lots of media there and Care for the Wild’s Dominic Dyer did a rallying speech to the crowds. You can read more here on ITV News or watch Dominic’s full speech below.
Pictures from the Protest
Candlelit Vigil, Bedford – Monday 9th September
A peaceful vigil took place in Bedford, organised by Care for the Wild and Bedford Badger Trust group. Around 100 people braved the rain to take part and listen to Care for the Wild’s Dominic Dyer, who said afterwards:
“To have a hundred plus people brave the rain to come out in Bedford and protest against the badger cull was amazing. They came from all walks of life, all ages, and represent the way many people in this country feel about the slaughter of an iconic animal without any scientific justification.
“Bedford isn’t even in the cull zone, but if the government rolls out this barbaric policy to other counties next year, who knows when it’ll be happening on your doorstep. The time to protest is now, before it’s too late for the badgers.”
Kettering Protest – Monday 23rd September
Another great turn-out. Read this story and watch the video from the Northants Telegraph.
Bodger and Badger
A huge hit for ten years across the 1990s, the hilarious Bodger and Badger were massively successful on BBC children’s Tv – and just as popular with adults!
Simon Bodger – also known as Andy Cunningham – decided to bring back his creation when he heard about the proposed badger cull. After chatting with Care for the Wild about how he could help, Andy came up with a script which we believe is both hilarious and touching – an ironic look at the government’s plan, as seen from the point of view of Badger. With, of course, plenty of mashed potato!
Many people still don’t know about the cull, so you can really help by sharing Bodger and Badger with your friends, workmates – anyone you know who you think will enjoy a good bit of old fashioned mash-in-the-face fun!
Click here to find out more about you can support Care for the Wild.
Do you know if your MP supports or opposes the badger cull? There’s an easy way to find out – drop them an email. It only takes a minute – but your opinion could be enough to change someone’s mind. You can do it here through Writetothem.com.
If you wanted, you could send them Team Badger’s Backing Badgers – Why the Cull Will Fail document, which lays out the scientific case against the cull, and de-bunks many of the myths spread by those supporting the cull.