Protesters demand an end to badger culling

Protesters demand an end to badger culling

Protesters demand an end to badger culling

First published in News

MORE than 250 campaigners marched through Colchester to protest against badger culling.

The group gathered outside Colchester Castle on Saturday and went around the town before returning to Castle Park, where there were several speakers.

They were protesting against fresh badger culls due in Gloucester and Somerset.

Renee Hockley-Byam, chairman of the North East Essex Badger Group, said: “There were lots more people than expected and as we went round the town, bystanders were coming out of shops and giving us the thumbs-up.

“We had a very moving speech from a chap from Somerset telling us how it took three shots and ten minutes for one badger to die.”

Comments (4)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

11:22pm Tue 19 Aug 14

BlackWhite2 says...

It is so regrettable that the English government is appeasing vested interests for votes - if the National Farmers' Union (which represents only 18% of farmers - primarily the large landowning ones) really wanted to deal with the problem of bovine tuberculosis in cattle it would have pressed DEFRA for the fast-tracking of cattle vaccines and EU acceptance of tests which can differentiate between infected & vaccinated (DIVA) cattle, rather than this mediaeval scapegoating of an ancient indigenous and much-loved species - partly to give the appearance to the EU that we were 'doing something' (anything!) to combat the problem which they gave us funds to deal with (yes, the EU really gives us money).
Wales has brought its bTB figures down by 48% in 4 years by introducing stringent cattle control measures, with no badger-culling; England was aiming for a reduction of 16% of the increase in bTB - not even 16% of the overall figure - in 9 years, and Owen Paterson and Liz Truss have promised (threatened?) us with 25 years of badger-culling.
East Sussex has a bTB 'hotspot' (DEFRA only advocates vaccinating 'edge' areas) and is now vaccinating its badgers, as recommended by Prof. Woodroffe who was involved in the large, long & expensive Random Badger Culling Trial - the RBCT concluded that culling badgers could make "no meaningful contribution" to the control of bTB in cattle, and that cattle measures alone could do this. The eminent Professor Krebs of the Independent Scientific Group which conducted the RBCT has called this current NFU/government badger cull "crazy".
If you would like to hear the speech by 'the chap from Somerset' referred to above you can find it here:
https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=0oev9pIM
b40&feature=youtu.be

Please listen to it: you won't want a badger cull anywhere near you!
And remember: killing badgers doesn't kill bTB - it just kills (largelyhealthy) badgers! Thanks.
It is so regrettable that the English government is appeasing vested interests for votes - if the National Farmers' Union (which represents only 18% of farmers - primarily the large landowning ones) really wanted to deal with the problem of bovine tuberculosis in cattle it would have pressed DEFRA for the fast-tracking of cattle vaccines and EU acceptance of tests which can differentiate between infected & vaccinated (DIVA) cattle, rather than this mediaeval scapegoating of an ancient indigenous and much-loved species - partly to give the appearance to the EU that we were 'doing something' (anything!) to combat the problem which they gave us funds to deal with (yes, the EU really gives us money). Wales has brought its bTB figures down by 48% in 4 years by introducing stringent cattle control measures, with no badger-culling; England was aiming for a reduction of 16% of the increase in bTB - not even 16% of the overall figure - in 9 years, and Owen Paterson and Liz Truss have promised (threatened?) us with 25 years of badger-culling. East Sussex has a bTB 'hotspot' (DEFRA only advocates vaccinating 'edge' areas) and is now vaccinating its badgers, as recommended by Prof. Woodroffe who was involved in the large, long & expensive Random Badger Culling Trial - the RBCT concluded that culling badgers could make "no meaningful contribution" to the control of bTB in cattle, and that cattle measures alone could do this. The eminent Professor Krebs of the Independent Scientific Group which conducted the RBCT has called this current NFU/government badger cull "crazy". If you would like to hear the speech by 'the chap from Somerset' referred to above you can find it here: https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=0oev9pIM b40&feature=youtu.be Please listen to it: you won't want a badger cull anywhere near you! And remember: killing badgers doesn't kill bTB - it just kills (largelyhealthy) badgers! Thanks. BlackWhite2
  • Score: 2

12:29am Wed 20 Aug 14

Hamiltonandy says...

Watching the wildlife programs I thought the badgers very cute. Very alarming to read they eat live hedgehogs.
.
It does seem unreasonable to kill badgers without testing them for TB first. Vaccination of badgers and cattle would seem a better way.
Watching the wildlife programs I thought the badgers very cute. Very alarming to read they eat live hedgehogs. . It does seem unreasonable to kill badgers without testing them for TB first. Vaccination of badgers and cattle would seem a better way. Hamiltonandy
  • Score: 4

1:06am Wed 20 Aug 14

Boris says...

Hamiltonandy wrote:
Watching the wildlife programs I thought the badgers very cute. Very alarming to read they eat live hedgehogs.
.
It does seem unreasonable to kill badgers without testing them for TB first. Vaccination of badgers and cattle would seem a better way.
Most of our cute wild animals are in fact brutal killers. Even hedgehogs slaughter worms, slugs and other defenceless creatures - but that's all right because worms and slugs aren't cute.
I agree that cattle should be vaccinated against TB, that would solve the problem.
[quote][p][bold]Hamiltonandy[/bold] wrote: Watching the wildlife programs I thought the badgers very cute. Very alarming to read they eat live hedgehogs. . It does seem unreasonable to kill badgers without testing them for TB first. Vaccination of badgers and cattle would seem a better way.[/p][/quote]Most of our cute wild animals are in fact brutal killers. Even hedgehogs slaughter worms, slugs and other defenceless creatures - but that's all right because worms and slugs aren't cute. I agree that cattle should be vaccinated against TB, that would solve the problem. Boris
  • Score: 0

1:24am Thu 21 Aug 14

Assimilation says...

Boris wrote:
Hamiltonandy wrote:
Watching the wildlife programs I thought the badgers very cute. Very alarming to read they eat live hedgehogs.
.
It does seem unreasonable to kill badgers without testing them for TB first. Vaccination of badgers and cattle would seem a better way.
Most of our cute wild animals are in fact brutal killers. Even hedgehogs slaughter worms, slugs and other defenceless creatures - but that's all right because worms and slugs aren't cute.
I agree that cattle should be vaccinated against TB, that would solve the problem.
And a lot of our cute wild life are going to other Countries and killing their own kind
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hamiltonandy[/bold] wrote: Watching the wildlife programs I thought the badgers very cute. Very alarming to read they eat live hedgehogs. . It does seem unreasonable to kill badgers without testing them for TB first. Vaccination of badgers and cattle would seem a better way.[/p][/quote]Most of our cute wild animals are in fact brutal killers. Even hedgehogs slaughter worms, slugs and other defenceless creatures - but that's all right because worms and slugs aren't cute. I agree that cattle should be vaccinated against TB, that would solve the problem.[/p][/quote]And a lot of our cute wild life are going to other Countries and killing their own kind Assimilation
  • Score: -3

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree