Badgers crash MP's advice surgery

BADGER PROTEST: Members of Worcestershire Veggies and Vegans outside MP Baldwin's surgery

PROTESTORS: Continued protests at the surgery

First published in News

PROTESTORS dressed as badgers invaded an MP's advice surgery in Malvern to voice their opinion on the badger cull.

Members of Worcestershire Veggies and Vegans stood at the entry to MP Harriett Baldwin's advice surgery, held in the Lyttleton Rooms, to call out against the culling of badgers and and the MP's perceived support for the scheme using placards and signs on Friday, July 25.

Ronald Lee, Communications Officer for Worcestershire Vegans & Veggies, said: "This wasn't just a demonstration against her support for the slaughter of badgers.

"We also wanted to educate the public about the cruel and unscientific nature of the badger cull and to inform them of what they can do to try to stop it.

"There was a great deal of support from passers-by and many stopped to fill in postcards asking the government to end the cull."

The West Worcestershire MP said: " It's a free country.

"If there are protesters who want to make their point on the hottest day of the year by wearing furry badger costumes and shrieking 'badger killer' at the elderly and vulnerable constituents who come to seek my assistance at my public advice surgery, then they are perfectly within their rights to do so."

Mr Lee says the group are also calling out for people to change their dieting habits to reduce the number of animals killed.

He said: "450,000 cows are slaughtered ever year in this country by the dairy industry.

"In addition, 100,000 male calves are killed annually on dairy farms, shortly after birth, because they cannot be used for milk production.

"We are calling on the public to boycott dairy products as part of the campaign against the badger cull, but there is actually no need for people to eat animal products at all, with all the suffering and slaughter that involves, because it's easily possible to live healthily on a vegan diet."

Comments (3)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

12:22pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Hugh Wattmate says...

Idiots! If they are meat eaters i bet them complain the price of meat is high.. Well if so many didn't have to get put down due to being unfit to eat might be cheaper..

You are culling a few badgers not wiping them out. Far less cattle will die than badgers as a result of this.

I guess they love badgers more than cows? Because if they don't like the death thing by trying to ban the cull more animals will die so pointless really.
Idiots! If they are meat eaters i bet them complain the price of meat is high.. Well if so many didn't have to get put down due to being unfit to eat might be cheaper.. You are culling a few badgers not wiping them out. Far less cattle will die than badgers as a result of this. I guess they love badgers more than cows? Because if they don't like the death thing by trying to ban the cull more animals will die so pointless really. Hugh Wattmate
  • Score: -56

12:21am Tue 29 Jul 14

rogerout says...

Some 1900 badgers were killed during the DEFRA/NFU cull. None were post mortem tested for BOVINE TB and a government appointed Independent expert panel analysing this badger shoot found that although some 8 million pounds of taxpayers money was spent . The Cull was "ineffective and inhumane"The Welsh Government introduced a science based humane programme including Badger Vaccination at a cost of some £! million pounds per year is now in its third year. The number of Cattle slaughtered for BOVINE TB in Wales has fallen by around 40%. Science has clearly and recently indicated ( Warwick University Report July 2014) that Badgers have a minimal contribution to the spread of BTB infection. Their findings indicate a need for an effective BTB Cattle test and Cattle Vaccination. It is sad that the politics of Government and the NFU continue to spend millions of taxpayers money as they bypass the available science. Perhaps there is another agenda or a political Lobby?
Some 1900 badgers were killed during the DEFRA/NFU cull. None were post mortem tested for BOVINE TB and a government appointed Independent expert panel analysing this badger shoot found that although some 8 million pounds of taxpayers money was spent . The Cull was "ineffective and inhumane"The Welsh Government introduced a science based humane programme including Badger Vaccination at a cost of some £! million pounds per year is now in its third year. The number of Cattle slaughtered for BOVINE TB in Wales has fallen by around 40%. Science has clearly and recently indicated ( Warwick University Report July 2014) that Badgers have a minimal contribution to the spread of BTB infection. Their findings indicate a need for an effective BTB Cattle test and Cattle Vaccination. It is sad that the politics of Government and the NFU continue to spend millions of taxpayers money as they bypass the available science. Perhaps there is another agenda or a political Lobby? rogerout
  • Score: 13

12:26am Tue 29 Jul 14

rogerout says...

As the protesters also dealt with the number of calves slaughtered may I add the following and recent YOU TUBE video.

ttps://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=WYQ5lkAir
Ks&feature=share
As the protesters also dealt with the number of calves slaughtered may I add the following and recent YOU TUBE video. ttps://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=WYQ5lkAir Ks&feature=share rogerout
  • Score: 10

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree