ANTI-BADGER cull protesters will walk from Gloucester to London to highlight what they feel is a ‘brutal and barbaric’ Government policy.
The determined dozen will walk 112 miles to raise awareness of alternative ways to tackle TB in cattle, promote the need for increased biosecurity on farms and hold demonstrations and other events as they go. The Great Badger Trail will also raise funds for Stop the Cull.
Organiser Julie Buxton said: “The Great Badger Trail shows the determination of the people in the Stop the Cull movement.
“We will stop the badger cull and show how brutal and cruel this barbaric, unscientific policy is. The continued slaughtering of a protected species, in the name of a disease it is not responsible for spreading, is not acceptable in a civilised society.”
The cull, which took place in west Gloucestershire and west Somerset last autumn, remains hugely contentious, with opponents wanting an emphasis on vaccination and tighter cattle movement measures.
However, farmers and the Government insist a cull of badgers is needed to stop spiralling rates of TB in herds.
Ms Buxton added: “As recent evidence from Wales shows, increased bio-security and vaccination is the solution and this is the message that the walkers will be spreading as they travel to Westminster.”
The walkers will set off from Shire Hall in Gloucester on Thursday and will visit towns including Cheltenham, Witney and Slough before finishing at Westminster on May 31 – the day before the cull licences are due to start again.
Leading anti-cull campaigner Dominic Dyer, of the Badger Trust and Care for the Wild, said: “This is a fantastic protest which shows the determination, spirit and commitment of normal people who are completely opposed to this cull.”