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Badger cull organisers' identities are leaked

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 21, 2012

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The people organising pilot badger culls at two South West sites have been identified on an animal rights' website.

Farmers have responded angrily to the revelation – and have started inquiries to find out who leaked the names.

A group called the Coalition of Badger Action Groups (CBAG) has named two people responsible for organising the proposed cull in the Tewkesbury area and one in the proposed cull area in West Somerset, giving full addresses and telephone numbers.

The Western Morning News has taken the decision not to name them.

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"These people are the ones who will organise the cull and employ the shooters and take the money from the farmers for doing it; they are ultimately responsible for killing our badgers," states the Bristol-based coalition.

It goes on to name the two companies formed by farming syndicates which would be licensed to carry out the culls.

The organisation says it is independent and is not restricted by the guidelines of other organisations. "We are able to organise against the cull on our own or in groups," it says. "This gives us the chance to support groups like the Badger Trust in their efforts to prevent the cull, as well as other action – demonstrating, leafleting, as well as actually being in the field during the cull."

Direct action would involve its members "being out in the fields before and during the cull, stopping and making citizen's arrests on marksmen/women when we can, filming, rescuing injured badgers and neutralising bait points".

CBAG, which labels the proposed pilot culls as a "national wildlife disaster", also says its intention is for members to watch farms that are involved in the cull, to make sure they are following correct bio-security and animal-welfare laws. It warns: "Basically, if you're a farmer and involved in this cull, expect to be under a microscope."

The publicity has caused concern and anger among farming organisations, with the National Farmers' Union (NFU) stating it would try to establish where the leaks originated and would be asking the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and its licensing authority, Natural England, to co-operate.

Martin Haworth, NFU director of policy, said: "We are very disappointed that this has happened and we are doing everything we can to support and protect those individuals that have been named."

The pilot culls are part of the Government's campaign to eradicate bovine tuberculosis, which is causing havoc to cattle herds in the South West, and anguish to farmers whose herds become infected. Currently 25,000 cattle a year are being slaughtered after testing positive to regular veterinary checks, costing many millions of pounds in compensation.

The proposed culls have been delayed pending a hearing in the Court of Appeal to a ruling against the Badger Trust, which brought a judicial review action to have them stopped. The appeal is likely to be heard before the end of next month. If they go ahead they will be carried out in the two bovine TB hotspot areas, where marksmen supervised by Defra will shoot free-running badgers in 70 per cent of each location. The results would then be assessed by Government scientists before a decision was made to roll out the scheme more extensively to other areas, including in Devon and Cornwall.

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  • missladyjayne  |  September 19 2012, 9:55PM

    Positive action http://tinyurl.com/bvjp9rv

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  • dodgethebulle  |  September 18 2012, 11:36AM

    Anyone wishing to read about badgers and bovine TB should read the below link, you will quickly realise that ssimples, 2ladybugs and charlespk are distributing false information for a reason. They enjoy killing and are probably directly involved with the badger cull.. http://tinyurl.com/8c93odx http://tinyurl.com/bvjp9rv

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  • dodgethebulle  |  September 18 2012, 11:35AM

    Anyone wishing to read about badgers and bovine TB should read the below link, you will quickly realise that ssimples, 2ladybugs and charlespk are distributing false information for a reason. They enjoy killing and are probably directly involved with the badger cull.. http://tinyurl.com/8c93odx http://tinyurl.com/bvjp9rv

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  • dodgethebulle  |  September 11 2012, 12:09PM

    Independent scientific studies have shown that culling would be of little help in reducing bovine TB, and even suggest that it could make things worse in some areas. To hear the facts, press play on the video below. If you want the government to make the sensible choice. Sign the Petition http://tinyurl.com/9ndb3ty http://tinyurl.com/9lmonj3

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  • Charlespk  |  September 05 2012, 8:14AM

    You really couldn't make her up!!!! I just don't know whether to laugh or cry!! http://tinyurl.com/yhtwej

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  • Charlespk  |  September 03 2012, 8:49AM

    That's a broken record that's just compounding your total ignorance of the problem and refusing to accept the only possible solution at this now very late stage. It's a a problem that YOU all created. . We will never let any of you forget that. . You don't care about animals or humans, and you never have. . You care only about your selfish, narrow, blind view about one species. . You have a callous disregard for all informed opinion. http://tinyurl.com/7jhpp6h (Why must Bee die?)

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  • dodgethebulle  |  September 03 2012, 12:29AM

    It May surprise you to hear that the people who are against the badger cull are fully supportive of finding a solution to Bovine TB! Like most farmers, they hate to see any animals suffer. The cull of badgers or any wildlife should only be carried out as an ABSOLUTE last resort! The fact is that there are alternative methods with which to deal with Bovine TB. A vaccination programme would have minimal impact on the badger population and arguably have a more effective outcome in tackling Bovine TB. It is no surprise the British public have been angered by the conservative governments apparent disregard for British wildlife and their flawed decision to go ahead with a badger cull without first giving alternative methods a chance. Their arrogant attitude toward the majority of people they are supposed represent highlights the corrupt nature of politics. http://tinyurl.com/9ra96cg https://http://tinyurl.com/9nmca3q

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  • Charlespk  |  September 01 2012, 8:13AM

    Using the 90 year old BCG vaccine, that's now failing and only still really useful for young children on badgers, whilst there are still human populations in desperate need, was probably the most crass exercise of self indulgence ever carried out by any animal rights group. . I hope they are all thoroughly ashamed of themselves. . . Of course they won't be. Their ignorance of vaccines and the BCG particularly just continues to plumb new depths, as is shown each time this story comes to the fore.

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  • dodge101  |  September 01 2012, 1:09AM

    Please do all you can to support the groups campaigning to save our badgers.. https://http://tinyurl.com/9nmca3q

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  • dodge101  |  September 01 2012, 1:07AM
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