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Badger culling banned on over 3,000 acres of the Malvern Hills!

“Badger culling banned tonight on over 3,000 acres of the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire following a petition signed by 2,300 local people. Another victory for the Badger Army and care & compassion over senseless slaughter of our wildlife” Dominic Dyer March 17th

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2 national badger cull protests in Birmingham as NFU come to town!

As the National Farmers Union (NFU) prepare for their annual conference in Birmingham, campaigners against the badger cull are getting ready for 2 national protests in the city centre.

Animal lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, hunt sabs and animal rights campaigners from all corners of the UK are expected in Birmingham for a march and rally on Saturday 22nd February and a static protest outside the conference on Tuesday 25th February.

Read on for further details of both events and please attend if you possibly can.

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NATIONAL MARCH AND RALLY AGAINST THE BADGER CULL IN BIRMINGHAM – Sat 22nd Feb

11am Victoria Square

On Saturday 22nd February many hundreds of people will descend on Birmingham City Centre for what is expected to be the biggest march and rally against the badger cull since the event in London last June when approx. 2,000 joined a march against the cull.

The event will include a stage with speakers, entertainment, marquee with wildlife/charity stalls, sett mapping talk and badger education talk and a march through the streets.

Schedule for the day:
11am – Stalls, entertainment, vegan catering
12 noon – Speeches start (see speakers below)
1pm – March around the city centre
2pm – Return to Victoria Square
4pm – Event due to finish

Guest Speakers:
Dominic Dyer – Care for the Wild
Ama Menec – Chair of TBVAC Devon
Drew Pratten – Wildlife Campaigner
Dawn Varley – League Against Cruel Sports

This event is perfectly timed, with the National Farmers Union (NFU) (responsible for carrying out the cull) staging their annual conference in Birmingham just 3 days later! There will be a national demo at the conference itself (details below), but for the many people who can not attend on a weekday, please come to this march and rally instead!

We must send a very loud clear message to the government and NFU that we will NOT stand for any more badger massacres! Please spread the word, lets make this massive!!

Get event updates and help to promote it via the Facebook event page.

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NATIONAL BADGER CULL PROTEST OUTSIDE THE NFU CONFERENCE – Tues 25th Feb

10am – International Convention Centre, Centenary Square

On the 25th February the ICC in Birmingham will host the National Farmers Union (NFU) Conference. This is a collection of individuals and companies responsible for undertaking the failed badger culls and planning to undertake more, as well as lobbying for less humane ways to kill badgers such as gassing and snaring.

The NFU is a lobbyist group for large agricultural corporations with aims that benefit them, rather than that of animal welfare and independent farmers. They have strong political ties.

We urge as many animal lovers to join us outside the ICC for a huge protest to show the NFU that WE WILL NOT ALLOW THE BADGER CULL TO CONTINUE!!!!!

PS. Owen Patterson (Environment Secretary) will be there, so bring footballs and goalposts! (Patterson said “badgers moved the goalposts” when asked why marksmen failed to reach the cull target!)

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Badger campaigners issue more death threats against top Cabinet minister than terrorists in Northern Ireland

“Cabinet minister Owen Paterson has revealed he has received more death threats over ordering a cull of badgers than he ever did from Irish terrorists.

He vowed to take on ‘dangerous armed groups… who want to destroy what’s been achieved and drag Northern Ireland back to a bloody past’ during two and a half years as Northern Ireland Secretary.

But in a startling confession he claimed animal rights campaigners had issued more warnings that he will be killed in just four months as Environment Secretary.

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson insisted he would not be diverted from the policy of culling badgers by threats against his lifeEnvironment Secretary Owen Paterson insisted he would not be diverted from the policy of culling badgers by threats against his life.

The 56-year-old insisted his willingness to defy threats against his own life demonstrated his commitment to plough ahead with a cull of thousands of badgers in an attempt to curb the spread of tuberculosis among cattle.

Weeks after being moved to head farming policy in September’s reshuffle, Mr Paterson was forced to announce two pilot badger culls in West Somerset and West Gloucestershire would be delayed until summer 2013.

Up to 5,500 badgers are due to be shot in the two areas, under plans to cull at least 70 per cent of the badger population.

 Opponents of the policy hailed it is a minor victory and hoped to force the government to abandon it altogether.

But Mr Paterson told an audience of farmers he was completely committee to the cull, even if it meant more death threats.

‘I have had more death threats since I took over at DEFRA than I did when I was Secretary for Northern Ireland,’ he said during an event with farmers in Devon.

‘But these animals die a horrible death from this disease – and it is not sensible to let any population get over-preponderous.’

Mr Paterson was Norther Ireland Secretary at a time of angry clashes between police and loyalist rioters in Belfast, which left dozens of officers injuredMr Paterson was Norther Ireland Secretary at a time of angry clashes between police and loyalist rioters in Belfast, which left dozens of officers injured.

Photographs of Mr Paterson’s home were published online, along with addresses and personal telephone numbers by animal rights activists.

A website also printed the names, addresses and phone numbers of senior civil servants, board members of Natural England, which is licensing the cull, and officials at the National Farmers Union.

Mr Paterson’s aides said his decision to go public about the number of death threats was fueled by a desire to demonstrate to farmers his ‘commitment’ to his policy. ‘He is very serious and this cull will go ahead.’

Officials refused to give details of the number of death threats made against Mr Paterson, citing security concerns.

However, there have been several high profile cases of supporters of the cull being threatened with violence.

Protestors against the badger cull have held a series of rallies, but some hardline opponents have threatened ministers and farmers Protestors against the badger cull have held a series of rallies, but some hardline opponents have threatened ministers and farmers.

Compensation to farmers whose herds are depleted by TB costs the taxpayer up to £100m a year.

Famous faces including Queen guitarist Brian May and Sir David Attenborough have voiced opposition to the cull, and called for peaceful protest against the plan.

But the campaign has been hijacked in some areas by animal rights extremists threatening abuse, violence and even firebombings against supporters of the cull.

Farmers in pilot areas have been warned their land, buildings and homes would be targeted if they signed up to a cull.

And two years ago Countryfile presenter Adam Henson said his family had been threatened after fronting reports on the spread of bovine TB.

Mr Henson, a dairy farmer in Gloucestershire, said: ‘There are some very nasty extremists about. I have had some serious hate letters from them – things like: “We are going to burn your children.”’

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Badgers being killed illegally in Gloucestershire

KenGoodwinITV: RSPCA releases pics of five illegally killed badgers dumped next to M5 motorway near Elmstone Hardwick, Gloucs. http://t.co/0qQMYB8i
Aug 28, 2012, 15:20 UTC