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Badger cull protestors take fight to Prime Minister's door step

By Michael_Yong  |  Posted: October 11, 2013

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PROTESTORS against the badger cull in Gloucestershire will take their fight to the Prime Minister's doorstep tomorrow.

A peaceful vigil in David Cameron’s constituency of Witney, Oxfordshire has been organised on Saturday to campaign against the cull.

Organised by the Witney wildlife supports and wildlife charity Care for the Wild, the event will see the group walk through the town centre in a bid to stop the applications for extension to the cull.

Applications for the cull to go on in Somerset and Gloucestershire were put to Natural England earlier this week, and are now under consideration.

The group will start at 11.30am at The Square, outside Waterstones, Woolgate.

Protestors from Gloucestershire will travel to Witney tomorrow to take part in the vigil.

Dominic Dyer, policy advisory for Care for the Wild, said: “I’ve worked in the farming industry all my life, and this is the worst agricultural policy I’ve seen in 30 years.

“I’m sympathetic to farmers, but culling badgers simply won’t work. Ordinary people from around the country want to protest against this barbaric cull, and we’re looking forward to seeing many of them come to Witney.

“This policy is being called Cameron’s Cull because the Prime Minister fully supports it, which is a real shame.

“We know many Conservative supporters who agree with us that this cull is unscientific, undemocratic, unworkable and inhumane, so we hope the Prime Minister will listen to us and have the courage to dump it.”

The cull in Gloucestershire is expected to finish next week. A decision on the extension is expected next week.

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  • justjude  |  October 11 2013, 11:12PM

    we cannot lecture other countries about biodiversity protecting the rain forest not exploiting the arctic/antarctic if we continue to allow our farmers to eradicate what little wildlife we have left. boycott Gloucestershire farm produce.

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  • transcendant  |  October 11 2013, 3:01PM

    Dominic Dyer's sympathy for the farmers is misplaced. Dairy cattle are susceptible to every kind of disease because of their appalling life style, and the dispensaries attached to most dairy farms are the size of your average high street chemist. Listeria monocytogenes in cattle give rise to mastitis, and this disease is far more common than Tb, but it is never addressed because it would require farmers to stop the amoral exploitation of their 'stock' The average life expectancy of the dairy cow is about one third of what it would normally be. These are people who care no more about their cows than they do our wildlife. Boycott dairy products, or at least cut back on consumption and hit the farmers where it hurts – in their pockets - which are deep and impenetrable.

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  October 11 2013, 1:34PM

    Good on the protesters taking it to the PM's front door.

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