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Hundreds march against the badger cull

By WMNAGreenwood  |  Posted: March 31, 2014

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Hundreds of people marched through the streets of Exeter at the weekend in a public show of opposition to the Government’s badger culling policy.

An estimated 500 people, some wearing badger masks and others holding placards, weaved their way through the city of Saturday afternoon in an event organised by Exeter March Against the Badger Cull and supported by national wildlife charities Care for the Wild and the Badger Trust.

Leading anti-cull spokesman Dominic Dyer, chief executive of the Badger Trust and policy advisor to Care for the Wild, said: “We had a great turn out of about 500-600 people and had some very good speakers.

“It is the 18th march we have had and they have all been extremely well attended with more and more people coming, and from all walks of life.

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“The strength of support, I think, is in recognition of the concerns we have about the roll out of the cull to Dorset as well as the needed to stop the culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset.”

So far, Ministers have refused to confirm or deny reports that culls, part of the Government’s strategy to combat the scourge of bovine TB, are to restart this summer.

Reports that the shooting will be rolled out to Dorset are also, as yet, unconfirmed.

All sides are currently waiting for an independent expert report on the effectiveness of the pilot schemes to be published.

But Mr Dyer said the Badger Trust would seek a judicial review of the licences issued in Somerset and Gloucestershire which can run for another three years.

Mr Dyer said there had been “fundamental changes” in how the culls had operated in practice, with the widespread use of trapping, compared to the terms of the licences. Questions also remained over the humaneness of shooting.

“Free shooting of badgers has failed,” he added, “and the costs are extremely high. No-one can claim that it has been a success.

“They can’t just extend the licences on the current terms without having a review process and going back to public consultation.”

Further protest marchers are being planned in Dorchester on May 17 and in Gloucester on May 19.

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  • barney2  |  March 31 2014, 8:13PM

    Anthony1 Do you mean Btb culling or do you also mean the 100,000 killed just after birth because they are male, 75,000 killed because they are not in calf, 50.000 due to mastitis, 25.000 lameness ect ect. Wish I could help stop it all but sadly I can't, but maybe I can help stop the unnecessary culling of badgers. BTW if you care as much about farm animals as much as I do then please join and help the organisation Compassion In World Farming. they do a lot of good work.

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  • Free2opine  |  March 31 2014, 3:20PM

    500 people out of a population of 129,000 in Exeter and I bet half of those 500 weren't local!!!!!

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  • Anthony1  |  March 31 2014, 2:20PM

    Where and when will the marchs against cattle culling be held?

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  • mmjames  |  March 31 2014, 10:42AM

    Good to be kept informed of the whereabouts of the ARA's while the 'job' gets done elsewhere :)

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  • Barri  |  March 30 2014, 1:27PM

    Good to see so many people discontent with this treason and abuse of public funds - thugs with guns murdering innocent and protected wildlife.

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  • Rebecca66  |  March 30 2014, 1:06PM

    The RMT Union, previously led by the late Bob Crow, was vilified in the press for not being representative of the industry and therefore their views being of no importance. They represent 80,000 members nationwide. The National Farmers Union dictate Government policy and are quoted in articles as if they are the fount of all farming wisdom. They represent only 55,000 farmers. Fancy letting the RMT dictate Government policy? Then why on earth are the NFU allowed to?

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  • Ama Menec - Sculpture  |  March 30 2014, 12:59PM

    The Gloucester march is on the 19th of May. Of interest to the residents of Devon, part of my speech read: "The Devon County Council voted 3/5ths in favour of a badger cull on council owned land last month, and many of those voting in favour of killing a protected species had considerable vested interests… here's just a few Councillor Berry NFU and Countryside Alliance Councillor Bowden NFU and Countryside Alliance Councillor Brook NFU, Countryside Alliance, Game Conservancy Council and the Country Landowners Association, (who organise game fairs). Councillor Chugg NFU Councillor Colthorpe Countryside Alliance Councillor Dempster Countryside Alliance Councillor Dewhirst Country Landowners Association Councillor Hart NFU Councillor Julian NFU Councillor Sellis Countryside Alliance Councillor Yabsley NFU and the British Association of Shooting and Conservation That's a total of 11 councillors who are also representing up to 5 interest groups in favour of shooting and actively killing British wildlife. Whether they also represents their electorate is another matter. Who knows how many more councillors are also members of hunts as they didn't have to declare this. The three petitions opposing the badger cull that were handed in the month before were never mentioned. The third petition alone totalled 6,426 signatures. The vote was not recoded on film so that the electorate could not see if their local councillor reflected their views, and there was no indication as to how this killing would be paid for at a time of massive government cuts. This doesn't sound like democracy to me."

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  • groundnut  |  March 30 2014, 12:30PM

    A good turnout again from an increasing number of the public becoming increasingly concerned about the Politics of this Badger Cull. That frustration stems right back to the beginning of this Owen Paterson, DEFRA, Natural England and NFU exercise. Not a single fact has as yet been published on any aspect of this Cull. And yet already the Politics is testing the ground for a further rollout. Science and its many experts have been have been totally bypassed. The electorate has been bypassed as the recent House of Commons vote of 219 MP's against further culling, was deemed by Government to be non-binding. In my opinion the Minister and those Government Departments involved in this inhumane, non-science based killing exercise. Have shown that they lack the competence and understanding of Science, and its overall application towards the eradication of Bovine TB. It is clear that they continue to delay any factual statements. As they seek face saving and other vested interest political solutions. There can be NO positive progress on this subject, until truth and confidence is restored. Behind a humane Science based complete programme. This in my opinion cannot be achieved under those presently involved. And at the outset the NFU has to be distanced, because of its very narrow vested interests, and its clear links with Government Politics.

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