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Stop the Badger Cull

Postby IronGirl » Sat Aug 31, 2013 9:20 pm

Sadly, badgers are now being shot in two areas of England as part of a terminally misguided attempt to control TB in cattle.

Please help us to stop this cull. It is inhumane and barbaric. The scientific evidence has shown that it will not work, yet the government have pressed ahead with it. The badgers are scapegoats for farmers' failings and outrageous political backslapping. 5000 are due to be murdered in Somerset and Gloucestershire over the next 6 weeks. If successful and I pray to God that it fails, it will roll out across the country. DEFRA insists that the cull is being conducted humanely, yet people are hearing badgers left screaming in pain after they have been shot. This morning badgers in Somerset were also discovered mauled by dogs, which is totally illegal.

What can you do:

Sign the e-petition: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38257

Write to/email your MP, David Cameron, Nick Clegg, Owen Paterson and your local papers. There are some useful resources on the Viva site to help you with this: http://www.viva.org.uk/campaigns/badgers/action.php

Boycott Milk and other dairy products. Go Vegan! There are now many delicious alternatives to milk such as soya milk and nut milks.

Some of you may want to get out in the field and help the volunteers patrolling the cull zones. These groups are working peacefully within the law. It is hoped that their mere presence will prevent shooting in the areas. There are also volunteers out looking for injured badgers. There are several groups on Facebook that can provide information for this, StopTheCull, SomersetAgainstTheBadgerCull and GloucestershireAgainstBadgerShooting for example.

Sorry if all this has already been posted on another thread, but I couldn't find it anywhere. Sorry it's a bit of topic for Vegan "FItness", but in a way it is affecting my fitness as I can't sleep at night knowing that this is going on.
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Re: Stop the Badger Cull

Postby baldy » Wed Sep 04, 2013 5:42 am

I have posted this on the vegan fitness along with the brilliant badger image Silver took.
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Re: Stop the Badger Cull

Postby IronGirl » Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:11 am

Thanks for promoting this Baldy, the more coverage it gets the better.
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Re: Stop the Badger Cull

Postby ratfan » Wed Sep 04, 2013 12:12 pm

There are a couple of very interesting points to make about this cull.
One is that it is happening against all the odds - it demonstrates very clearly how little progress we can make for animals when up against huge industries with favoured access to Governments. As a movement we have to work out how we can increase the weight of animals' interests and public opinion in policy making. It also shows how ineffectual petitioning and such like are on the whole.
The other interesting point is how few protesters have actually made the effort to go along and get involved on the ground. (esp. in comparison to say the hundreds who turned out for Consort, Hillgrove, SHAC etc in previous years.
Is it that many campaigners have lost faith in direct action or don't want to be associated with it? In this case is it because it appears to be a forgone conclusion that the farmers/Government will win this battle whatever we can do? Or simply the location of the cull zones being a bit out of the way.
Is the movement changing it's approach?
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Re: Stop the Badger Cull

Postby baldy » Sat Sep 14, 2013 6:31 am

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/ho ... 15782.html
Interesting update about the cull, saboteurs seem to be doing a good job.

From this article it looks like the trial will be a fail, which should stop a full cull going ahead.
http://www.independent.co.uk/environmen ... 12904.html
[quote]Fewer than 100 badgers were culled in the first ten days of the six-week cull in Somerset, which began on 26 August and will run to 6 October, it has emerged.

The toll is well below the minimum target of 2,081 badgers that need to be killed during the course of the trial. It represents less than 20 per cent of the 500 badgers that needed to have been culled in the first ten days to put the operation on track to hit its target.
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