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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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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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A message from the local groups in the Gloucestershire cull zone

We are truly amazed by the astonishing response from across the country against the cull and immensely grateful to those who have travelled such long distances to be here with us. We would like to make the following points regarding this area in order to ensure that those coming here make the most impact and also are safe.

Firstly the shooting has not yet begun. The resources of those who are from far afield may need to be focused on when it does begin. Using up all days off, finances, goodwill (for those dog sitting and so forth) now may mean that some may not be able to come later when lots of people are needed.

cull-zoneThere are three areas of anti cull activity which people coming into the area may wish to get involved with;
Being at Forthampton, the more sedentary can have a picnic, others may wish to partake a ramble of the many footpaths or cycle around the lanes. Stalls in local towns and villages, demos etc. Feel free to contact us and see what is going on

Sett surveying.

Now if you want to come sett surveying and are not part of a visiting group we need to meet you, we need to ensure that you know how to survey and read a map and if not team you up with someone who has those skills. We can not emphasise enough the importance of going through us first because many areas have been looked at thoroughly so we don’t want work duplicated, we also don’t want people going blind into certain areas where landowners are prone to be very agitated and potentially violent both for their own safety and the safety of others who may walk into a situation the very next day. We also need areas that have not yet been done to be allocated so please do not just turn up, pick a wood and go searching there is a system already in place.

Anti-cull activists patrol part of the cull zone, at the Forthampton shooting estate in Gloucestershire (Pic from Hereford Heckler)

Anti-cull activists patrol part of the cull zone, at the Forthampton shooting estate in Gloucestershire (Pic from Hereford Heckler)

Delivering leaflets and papers, we are looking to get these delivered all across the cull zone.

If you do want to come to the Gloucestershire zone and want to meet up with us we would be delighted to hear from you and help with accommodation. We are however all volunteers and if we don’t get back right away please call us again, it’s busy down here! We also ask that people look after themselves and others. Come prepared! It can get very cold in the fields and woods especially at night you need the following;

Layers will keep you warmest and when it gets hot you can take some off.
Waterproof coats and leg wear.
Waterproof boots, wellies or walking boots.
Hat
Water……absolutely essential that everyone carries a water bottle.
Torch and spare batteries.
Energy snack.
Camera/mobile/reflective jacket (if you want).
If out in the day and walking and wearing shorts….you WILL regret it. Carry trousers/waterproof trousers to put on if you have to walk through brambles,nettles.
Probably best to have a change of clothes too.
A sleeping bag is useful if you need to stay over.
Please ensure that any car brought into the zone is legal i.e MOT/tax/insured/ driving licence/etc, the police are checking.

Our contact numbers are:
Drew GABS 07526 829426
Three Counties 0752 7773697

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Volunteers Needed for the GABS Wounded Badger Patrol

Click to visit the GABS website

Click to visit the GABS website

Reposted from Badger Army

“Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting (GABS) is a local group which has been working as a part of Team Badger for the last year to try and stop the senseless pilot badger cull.

It has set up a Wounded Badger Patrol which will walk the public footpaths and highways in the Gloucestershire cull zone before and during any cull to look for injured badgers during the evening and night.

The group will only act within the law and and will not trespass on land or intimidate land owners.

We need people who can do anything from just 1 patrol to doing a regular weekly slot. Patrol members will go out in small groups and will wear branded high viz jackets. Guidance notes will be provided for people on patrol.

To find out more or join the patrol please either email wbpglos@gmail.com or call 07928 775012 “