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.
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
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.
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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Article (Reel News) ‘Badger cull exposed as a cruel and pointless fiasco‘
Queen guitarist Brian May has written about how he came ‘close to death’ while supporting badger cull protesters in Gloucestershire.
Writing on his Save Me Facebook page Dr May describes the trial badger cull as ‘insane.’
Yesterday Defra insisted the trail cull was necessary and wasn’t designed to ‘wipe out badgers’ saying if we don’t act now to stop the spread of bovine TB, the consequences for farming would be devestating.
Beginning my day in Gloucestershire, there is a grim undercurrent of violence in the air. We came very close to death just now when a white 4 by 4 came careering towards us on the wrong side of the road. He was overtaking at about 90 mph, and had no way back into his lane. If we hadn’t braked hard, we and he would have instantaneously been mincemeat. Reminds you how delicate the life of a creature is. Reminds that for all our pretentions and arrogance, all the Human Race has managed to do is cover this planet with concrete and pollution, and wipe out 99 per cent of the other animals with which we used to share it.
It’s hard to be optimistic. And now we have a Government completely in bed with all those elements of society who don’t get it. Who think all that matters is money, and power, and takes pleasure in causing pain and death to any creature, on any pretext. With this insane badger cull now in progress, it’s probably the bleakest outlook ever in the UK. As Bill Oddie remarked – under this Government, no wild animal is safe. Actually . .. no animal.
I’ll be keeping my eyes open here today, and meeting many of the brave and very peace-loving people who are dedicating their time to saving innocent animals. Our visibility is everything, because it is the public that will eventually stop this hideous violence. So we have to inform the public. The newspapers are reluctantly coming around, it seems, but so much of what goes on out here is still being suppressed.
Britain is rotting at its core right now. Only awareness can cut out the rot.
I’ll be tweeting and Soapboxing today whenever I can – from the grim and bloody killing fields of Gloucestershire.
Having a very interesting time in Newent ! We’ve met loads of local folks and peaceful demonstrators, wounded badger patrollers. The support we’re feeling is huge. We’ve been trying to meet with local farmers, but it seems that the NFU have told them all they’re not allowed to talk to me. I guess that says a lot – what are they trying to hide ?
Just had a long chat on film, though, with a great local farmer who ISN’T a member of the NFU, so he wasn’t ‘got at’ ! Very nice guy, who is somewhat on the fence, but frustrated that the Government isn’t prioritising vaccination for cattle. He’s basically up for vaccination, because he doesn’t trust this lot to know what they are doing, and hasn’t seen any evidence that culling will work. Was shocked that they are not testing the carcasses. Why isn’t he in the NFU ? Well, that’s another story. But didn’t you have the impression that the NFU was speaking for the WHOLE community of British farmers.
Actually, only 18 per cent of farmers are in the NFU. Isn’t that pretty shocking ? When you realise that the NFU are virtually running the country, through manipulation of the Government. Well, it would be more accurate, though less kind, to say they’re in bed with the NFU, and the Countryside Alliance … the whole bunch of them straining at the bit, eager to get the moment when they can smash the Hunting Act, and bring back all the despicable blood sports they love so much. Badger culling is a lot different from Fox Hunting, right ? Or is it ? Isn’t it the same bunch of bloodthirsty thugs that are currently careering around Gloucester, that a couple of months ago were out there doing the same thing, slaughtering foxes for fun (legally) or digging out badgers for sadistic games (illegally) ???
Well, perhaps we’ll find out tonight.
We’re certainly hearing lots of stories which already blow the Government’s claims of ‘humane’ killing out of the water. Stories of badgers screaming after shots are fired, the sound of dogs finishing them off. Stories of wounded badgers escaping, along with bewildered cubs. Stories of badgers dying in front of people who were there to help, but weren’t allowed to help, kept back by police. Who knows … but perhaps we’ll see it a bit more first hand.
Just watching the Mock the Week thing. Kind of funny. Except it’s not a laughing matter. Still, comedy is good. Mixed bag, really. A shame that you have some idiot accusing badgers of being the reason hedgehogs are in decline. This is a bogus piece of propaganda – lies, of course. Hedgehogs have coexisted with Badgers for millennia, of course. What they haven’t coexisted with, of course, is slug pellets and pesticides and herbicides. Spin, spin spin. And it’s OUR money they’re using to hoodwink us.
“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.
“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.”
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.
*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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