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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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Non violent direct action to stop the cull

Dear Friends

As many are aware the badger cull is going to start very shortly and a combination of activists and hunt saboteurs have vowed to stop the cull using non-violent direct action.

To stop as many badgers being slaughtered as possible during the pilot culls as possible funds are desperately needed to get activists and hunt saboteurs down to the cull zones and keep them fully equipped.

To stop this mindless slaughter of badgers takes Two things.

1. Getting Activists down to the cull zones.

This is what the money is mostly needed for, we have a small army of volunteers, activists and hunt saboteurs. and vehicles to take them in however to send them out every night of the week for 6 weeks is going to cost huge amounts of fuel and unless money is raised we wont be able to.

2. Equipment

This ranges from florescent jackets, noise making devices (such as rape alarms and bull horns), safety equipment such as first aid kits and other essentials.

Please donate and share this as far and wide as you can, we don’t have much time and need to act quickly.

Here’s the link to donate.

If you wish to join in with the direct action against the badger cull, please contact your local hunt saboteur group. See our Directory of Hunt Saboteur groups here.

If you have any equipment you think may be useful please send to:
Animal Rights UK
Sumac Centre
245 Gladstone Street
Nottingham
NG7 6HX