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BBC News – Hundreds march in Gloucester against badger cull

Hundreds of people have been protesting against badger culling in Gloucestershire.

About 500 people joined the Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting demonstration in Gloucester city centre.

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Pilot culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset were aimed at limiting the spread of bovine tuberculosis (TB).

Earlier this month Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said the pilots would continue.

‘Recipe for disaster’

Organiser Carol Cook said the number of people who turned out to demonstrate shows “it is not acceptable for an industry to be killing our wildlife”.

She said they were “sympathetic” towards farmers, but added that the “industry needs to look at its own practices” and improve “bio-security in the farmyards themselves” to stop the spread of the disease.

“It isn’t us against the farmers at all – everyone can work together to stop this awful disease,” she said.

Picture from The Gloucester Citizen

Picture from The Gloucester Citizen

Conservationist Ian Redmond said most badgers do not have the disease and culling is a “recipe for disaster, not for curing the disease”.

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Police kept badger cullers informed of protester movements, court hears

From The Guardian

Animal rights groups criticise police after marksman reveals officers kept him informed about the location of protesters

Photograph: Mike Kemp/ Mike Kemp/ /In Pictures/Corbis

Photograph: Mike Kemp/ Mike Kemp/ /In Pictures/Corbis

Animal rights campaigners have criticised police after a marksman involved in the badger cull said officers kept him informed of the location of protesters.

The claim was made during a court hearing involving David McIntosh, who was taken to court for crashing a van full of dead badgers into a bus stop during a cull in Gloucestershire.

McIntosh, 28, who played Tornado on TV show Gladiators and dated the model and television presenter Kelly Brook, told Stroud magistrates the crash was caused when a radio he used to receive messages from police fell under his foot pedals.

He said: “I was carrying badger carcasses to the furnace as I was involved in the cull. The radio was always kept in the vehicle on the dashboard so we could easily hear and keep up with police as to where the protesters were.

“It was blocking the clutch and the brake. Before I retrieved it I was heading off the road. I started to brake but it was too late.”

Gloucestershire police promised throughout the cull to deal with both protesters and cullers fairly, showing neither group favouritism.

He admitted driving without due care and attention and was fined £91.

On McIntosh’s claims, a police spokeswoman said: “At no point did Gloucestershire constabulary co-ordinate the resources of the company carrying out the badger cull.

“Our role before, during and after the pilot badger cull was to maintain operational independence and ensure the safety of the public.” The court was told that the accident happened in Gloucester city centre just before 1am on 29 September.

Anti-cull protesters demonstrated outside the court and questioned why the cullers had apparently been in direct contact with the police.

Jude Walker, of Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting, said: “It certainly goes against what we have always been told about the police being even handed.”

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Queen’s Brian May joins badger cull protesters on night patrol

“GENOCIDE in the countryside” has to stop now, is Queen guitarist Brian May’s cry to stop the badger cull.

As he and protesters prepare to take to the fields around north west Gloucestershire tonight in anticipation of more badger culling, the figure head for the anti-cull movement said opposition is growing by the day.

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“This is genocide in the countryside,” he said at The George Inn in Newent this afternoon. “It is horrendous.

“There are 300,000 people who have signed our petition now and it’s going up by the day. More people are realising that the cull is a waste of time.

“There is no point to it – it won’t eradicate bovine tuberculosis.”

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Across Gloucestershire and Somerset, 5,000 badgers are to be shot in six weeks as part of DEFRA-approved measures aimed to protect cattle from bovine TB.

Some farmers say something has to be done to protect their livelihoods and thousands of cattle from TB, which means they must be slaughtered.

Protesters from the Save Me campaign will take their message to the culling zone tonight.

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*Four people were arrested and then de-arrested once they had given officers “the necessary information” last night, Gloucestershire Constabulary confirmed today.

A further 4 people were stopped in a lane with vehicles parked on both sides. The lane was temporarily obstructed by vehicles, including police cars.

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Badger cull expected to start in Gloucestershire next week

Rumours are rife that the badger cull will start in Gloucestershire next week.

About 5,000 badgers are expected to be killed in controlled shootings over six weeks in Somerset and Gloucestershire.

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Supporters say the cull is necessary to tackle bovine TB, which can be spread from infected badgers, but opponents say it is inhumane and ineffective.

The first shots have already been fired in Somerset but it is believed the cull will start in the county next week.

Charkes Mann, NFU county chairman, refused to confirm or deny those rumours.

He said: “As much as we would much rather not do all this, it is a necessity for the cattle and for the badgers. Don’t forget that the badgers are infected as well and are dying slow, painful deaths. To sort this out we need to make sure the wildlife is clean.”

Liz Gaffer, spokesman for Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting (Gabs), said: “I have heard that shooting is starting next week, but there are lots of rumours flying around.

“We have badger patrols out every night at the moment, I think we have between 100 and 200 volunteers. These are not animal rights extremists, they are just normal people who are concerned about how humane this cull is.”

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said: “We know that despite the strict controls we already have in place, we won’t get on top of this terrible disease until we start dealing with the infection in badgers as well as in cattle.

“That is why these pilot culls are so important. We have to use every tool in the box because TB is so difficult to eradicate and it is spreading rapidly. If we had a workable vaccine we would use it.”

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Badger cull: protesters claim success in opening battles

Opponents say they have sabotaged traps, bait and sett areas ahead of official cull by groups hired to shoot animals

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Hunt saboteurs and wildlife groups claim to have won the first skirmishes in the impending battle over the planned badger cull by disrupting traps and digging up bait laid by gamekeepers and farmers as well as disturbing the ground near setts so that the animals will be scared to come out.

One saboteur, who asked to remain nameless, said that farmers had been laying bait for the badgers for five days in readiness for the official start of the two six-week pilot culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset, widely expected to start in the next 24 hours.

“They have been burying peanuts near the entrance to setts to encourage badgers to come out, and also laying barbed wire traps. We have been going out disrupting them, removing the traps and digging up the bait,” he said.

The activist said that many hunt saboteurs who had been active before the 2004 ban on hunting were now preparing to visit the sites. “We have a core of 25 people [in both areas] going out every day to disrupt the cull in advance. When it kicks off there will be hundreds more. Many of them have been sabbing for years so know their way around. We go out in the day to disrupt the setts, and we will be going out at night starting from tonight,” he said.

“We know that we will not be able to save all the badgers but we are going to make it a lot harder than it should have been.”

Both hunters and saboteurs are expected to use infrared sights to spot the animals but the marksmen will not be allowed to shoot if people are present. However, footpaths have not been blocked off and many saboteurs have said they are prepared to risk criminal prosecution following a high court injunction granted to the National Farmers Union (NFU) at the weekend banning protests within 100 metres of homes, and within 25 metres of businesses.

“We will not be allowed to make much noise but in our experience it doesn’t need loud sounds to scare badgers away. They are scared by a twig breaking,” said a saboteur.

The first arrest was made on Monday when Jay Tiernan, a protester, was caught allegedly trying to enter Defra’s Food and Environment Research Agency at Ashton Down in Gloucestershire, where cages for the cull are being kept.

As an e-petition against the cull passed 250,000 names, the NFU president, Peter Kendall, repeated his claim that the cull was necessary. “Thirty-eight thousand cattle were slaughtered last year in Britain because of TB. For beef and dairy farmers dealing with TB on their farms, these badger culls are an essential part in the fight against this terrible disease.

“Opinion is divided, so, while we recognise that not everyone agrees with the government’s TB eradication policy, and the need to cull badgers to start to reduce this disease in cattle, we do acknowledge their legitimate right to hold peaceful protests.

“What we cannot condone are the actions being used by extreme activists designed to harass, intimidate and threaten others.”

Wildlife groups condemn the cull as “inhumane” and “unscientific”. Dominic Dyer, a policy adviser at Care for the Wild, said: “People are shocked when they find out that only 15% of badgers have TB and that the government will not even be testing to see any of the badgers they intend to kill have [the disease]. These two facts together completely undermine the cull policy.

“We are seeing a political kneejerk reaction to a problem. It is liable to backfire on the government and the NFU. People are outraged.”

He added: “Most of the people protesting are entirely peaceful. These are the middle classes, people from the Rotary club, the WI , district councillors, they are Tories.”

For the pilot culls to work in the six-week time frame allowed, the hunters will need to kill around 70 badgers a night in each area. An estimated 2,700 animals will need to be killed for the pilots to be judged a success and then extended.

A Defra official said: “Bovine TB is spreading across England and devastating our cattle and dairy industries. In TB hotspots such as Gloucestershire and Somerset we need to deal with the infection in badgers if we’re to get a grip on TB there. No country has dealt with the disease without tackling infection in both wildlife and cattle.

“We are working on new cattle and oral badger vaccines but they are years away from being ready and we cannot wait while this terrible disease spreads.”

A spokeswoman for badger rescue group Gloucester against Badger Shooting (Gabs) said around 100 people had volunteered to patrol public footpaths in the cull area to watch out for wounded animals. “Defra has said that some will not be killed outright but would sneak away to die a horrible death. We shall be going out in groups of three. If we find any we will contact animal hospitals. We are not seeking confrontation. We are just disgusted. We are entirely peaceful.”

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Thinking of helping to Stop The Cull? Here’s a list of essentials..

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Layers of clothing. It can get very cold in the open countryside especially in the evening and early in the morning. Layers can be removed as needed.

 

 

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Waterproof coat and leg wear. Protect yourself from the wet/ damp when out in the countryside.

 

 

 

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Waterproof boots/ walking boots. They’ll go with the above.

 

 

 

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Hat and gloves. Makes sense.

 

 

Water-Bottle

 

Bottled water. Absolutely essential.

 

 

 

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Torch and spare batteries. Another essential piece of kit.

 

 

 

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Energy snacks. We’ve chosen the ‘nakd’ bar here as they’re reasonably priced, taste great, are vegan and some of the money from their sales goes to Animal Aid.

 

 

 

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Camera/ video camera. You never know what you might see and want to record.

 

 

 

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Mobile phone. Essential. Everybody will know where everybody is.

 

 

 

 

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High visibility jacket. Enables marksmen to know not to shoot.

 

 

 

 

SLEEPING-BAGS

 

Sleeping bag. In case you decide to stay overnight.

 

 

 

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Car. If you are bringing one, make sure it is completely legal otherwise it will bring unwanted attention from the police.

 

 

and finally …

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A sturdy backpack. To carry all this stuff in.

 

 

 

Contacts:

Three Counties hunt saboteurs. Email: threecountiessabs@live.co.uk

Gloucester Against Badger Shooting. Email:  glosagainstbadgershooting@gmail.com

Hunt Saboteurs Association. Email: info@huntsabs.org.uk