Badger cull protest in Worcester

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ANIMAL protection campaigners in Worcester protested against Government plans to continue the culling of badgers.

About 50 campaigners, some dressed as badgers, protested in Worcester against the cull, due to restart in Gloucestershire and Somerset within the next few weeks.

The protest, organised by Worcestershire Vegans & Veggies, took place outside the Government buildings in Whittington Road, Spetchley, which houses regional offices of Defra (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), the government body that organises the cull, and Natural England, the agency that issues licences for the killing of badgers.

The protesters held banners and placards, with many of them dressed as badgers or wearing badger masks.

Worcestershire Vegans & Veggies' Communications Officer Ronald Lee said: "We wanted to send a clear message to the government and to the agencies involved in the badger cull that they should scrap their plans to continue this slaughter.

"About 1500 badgers were shot in Gloucestershire and Somerset last year and it has been revealed that a large number of them were not killed immediately and underwent considerable suffering.

"Now, despite the opposition of the vast majority of the British public, the government want to continue with this cruel and insane killing.

"The reason they give for the badger cull is to prevent the spread of TB in cattle, but there is a very large amount of evidence that it will not be effective in doing this and could well make the problem worse.

"What really lies behind it is the desire to kill wildlife of the National Farmers Union and other powerful influences within the countryside, whom the government wish to placate because they want their votes.

"There is huge public opposition to the slaughter of badgers, which was evidenced by the dozens of hoots of support we received from passing motorists.

"Not only is the badger cull massively unpopular with the vast majority of the public, but it is also not being done out of any love of cows. This is because fewer than 40,000 dairy cows are killed annually in the UK because of bovine TB, which is less than 10 per cent of the 450,000 that are put to death each year, with more than 100,000 being killed due to infertility, 120,000 because of mastitis and lameness and the remaining 200,000 because they have become too old to be efficient milk producers."

A Defra spokesperson said: “Our beef and dairy industries are vital to our economy and British consumers. Bovine TB presents a major threat.

“That is why we are tackling the disease in both cattle and wildlife – an approach that has already been effective in reducing Bovine TB in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.”

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6:33pm Thu 14 Aug 14

rogerout says...

Well done Animal protection campaigners of Worcester . A good turnout and the message gets out yet again to Government. Indiscriminate badger killing to the point of Local eradication is not the way forward towards the eradication of BOVINE TB.. Too much science has been bypassed along the way by Politics and the close lobby of the NFU. And still it continues in the same manner. While those against obtain information only by Freedom of information requests, Court Cases and Whistleblowers. The electorate are being treated with contempt while taxpayers money is being squandered.
Wales has achieved significant drops in Bovine TB cattle slaughtered without any state sponsored Badger killing. England has just bypassed the Science.
Well done Animal protection campaigners of Worcester . A good turnout and the message gets out yet again to Government. Indiscriminate badger killing to the point of Local eradication is not the way forward towards the eradication of BOVINE TB.. Too much science has been bypassed along the way by Politics and the close lobby of the NFU. And still it continues in the same manner. While those against obtain information only by Freedom of information requests, Court Cases and Whistleblowers. The electorate are being treated with contempt while taxpayers money is being squandered. Wales has achieved significant drops in Bovine TB cattle slaughtered without any state sponsored Badger killing. England has just bypassed the Science. rogerout
  • Score: 12

10:02pm Thu 14 Aug 14

rogerout says...

I mentioned the significant drop in Cattle slaughtered for BTB in Wales in my last post. This hot off the Welsh Press today--- its not Badgers DEFRA/NFU its your lack of Science-- now get that Cattle test sorted.

“Our comprehensive bTB eradication programme, which has now been in place for over five years, is based on solid evidence and includes annual testing of cattle, strict bio-security measures and movement control.
The number of cattle slaughtered in Wales as a result of bTB in the year leading up to May this year was 5,936 – a fall of 31% compared to the 8,595 slaughtered in the preceding 12 months.
I mentioned the significant drop in Cattle slaughtered for BTB in Wales in my last post. This hot off the Welsh Press today--- its not Badgers DEFRA/NFU its your lack of Science-- now get that Cattle test sorted. “Our comprehensive bTB eradication programme, which has now been in place for over five years, is based on solid evidence and includes annual testing of cattle, strict bio-security measures and movement control. The number of cattle slaughtered in Wales as a result of bTB in the year leading up to May this year was 5,936 – a fall of 31% compared to the 8,595 slaughtered in the preceding 12 months. rogerout
  • Score: 11

10:37pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Jabbadad says...

When oh When are these Vegan Protesters going to demonstrate about Hal Al Meat?
And why are Badgers lives worth more than the lives of Cattle?
When there is proof that the bovine TB can cross over to humans you sad lot wil have acheived nothing for society as a whole.
Grass plays my digestive system up, but not as much as the Drivel from the Vegans who want to force their way of living onto ME.
So carry on with your way of life (have another splif) and please leave me to choose mine, it may well be wrong in you Carrot Munchers eyes, but it's my choice.
When oh When are these Vegan Protesters going to demonstrate about Hal Al Meat? And why are Badgers lives worth more than the lives of Cattle? When there is proof that the bovine TB can cross over to humans you sad lot wil have acheived nothing for society as a whole. Grass plays my digestive system up, but not as much as the Drivel from the Vegans who want to force their way of living onto ME. So carry on with your way of life (have another splif) and please leave me to choose mine, it may well be wrong in you Carrot Munchers eyes, but it's my choice. Jabbadad
  • Score: -12

11:25am Fri 15 Aug 14

rogerout says...

when are you going to protest about Owen Paterson when he was in office saying that the present meat labeling system in the UK was sufficient. That was directly against the wishes of the majority of the electorate who wanted origin and whether halal put on meat labels. He was then as he was in the badger killing exercise in the hands of Political lobby groups. Surprising what contributions to political parties and vested interests can do against the electorates wishes. And remember all frozen NZ lamb imported to the UK is Halal slaughtered but not labelled as such. On the other hand look at this Facebook website with lorry loads of UK sheep exported live for religious slaughter at unknown european or beyond destinations. someone needs to put their own houses in order. Why is it necessary in 2014 to transport thousands of UK sheep over these distances for religious slaughter?? Facebook Stop live Animal exports from Ramsgate Port. the meat and livestock industry has a lot of its own lessons to learn, This export trade is for one reason PROFIT of some--- suffering and stress for the livestock. And there is no need to be Vegan or a meat eater to question such live trade like this.either way it needs to be stopped. the meat industry image is already under question and damaged by various Meat Scares.
when are you going to protest about Owen Paterson when he was in office saying that the present meat labeling system in the UK was sufficient. That was directly against the wishes of the majority of the electorate who wanted origin and whether halal put on meat labels. He was then as he was in the badger killing exercise in the hands of Political lobby groups. Surprising what contributions to political parties and vested interests can do against the electorates wishes. And remember all frozen NZ lamb imported to the UK is Halal slaughtered but not labelled as such. On the other hand look at this Facebook website with lorry loads of UK sheep exported live for religious slaughter at unknown european or beyond destinations. someone needs to put their own houses in order. Why is it necessary in 2014 to transport thousands of UK sheep over these distances for religious slaughter?? Facebook Stop live Animal exports from Ramsgate Port. the meat and livestock industry has a lot of its own lessons to learn, This export trade is for one reason PROFIT of some--- suffering and stress for the livestock. And there is no need to be Vegan or a meat eater to question such live trade like this.either way it needs to be stopped. the meat industry image is already under question and damaged by various Meat Scares. rogerout
  • Score: 8

1:22pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Jabbadad says...

As usual with the carrot crunching animal rights people, using carefully selected part descriptions And Videos you tell those who listen and beleive you that all animals bred for / used for human consumption, are bred or slaughtered in illegal ways. I would strongly imagine that you would not repeat your words in public using your real name since you would invite a reaction from The New Zealand Government you may not enjoy. Your statement that ALL New Zealand frozen Lamb imported to the UK is Halal slaughtered is but a part of the full description of the lawfull slaughter of animals in New Zealand , whether they are described by New Zealand as Halal compliant or not. Your twisting of the facts FORGOT to say that All New Zealand animals have to LEGALLY (within the Animal welfare Act) be stunned before slaughter. The fact that they have a prayer said over them can in no way infer additional cruelty.
I do NOT support Halal slaughter wherebye the animals are killed without stunning, and having lived through wartime food rationing I have eaten Horsemeat, Goat, Whalemeat, and probably many things I wasn't aware of. and by my choice frequently enjoy meatless lunches / dinners / sandwiches etc.
I do supprt full Labelling of all Foods / goods sold. simply for my own choice, although we know that Labels are not always truethfull and if incorrect, might even be more harmfull to those with allergies.
But I also strongly support freedom of choice for all humans.
As to the transportation of Live animals I am sorry to say that animal rights protesters were / are partly to blame since their protests which resulted in the closures of hundreds of local Slaughterhouses, didn't stop the exports of English meats, (which is a huge industry) but was recognised that animals slaughtered in the country of consumption fetched higher prices than Carcasses, such as Cattle from Ireland sent alive by Boat to feed and rest for a couple of days eating English grass, can then be sold as English Fed Beef. So sadly the Carrot crunchers actuall fed the industry as it is today.
And NO I do not support animals travelling long journies without Feed and water, but as said you also have quite a responsibility to answer to over this issue.
Now where did I put the Salad Cream.
As usual with the carrot crunching animal rights people, using carefully selected part descriptions And Videos you tell those who listen and beleive you that all animals bred for / used for human consumption, are bred or slaughtered in illegal ways. I would strongly imagine that you would not repeat your words in public using your real name since you would invite a reaction from The New Zealand Government you may not enjoy. Your statement that ALL New Zealand frozen Lamb imported to the UK is Halal slaughtered is but a part of the full description of the lawfull slaughter of animals in New Zealand , whether they are described by New Zealand as Halal compliant or not. Your twisting of the facts FORGOT to say that All New Zealand animals have to LEGALLY (within the Animal welfare Act) be stunned before slaughter. The fact that they have a prayer said over them can in no way infer additional cruelty. I do NOT support Halal slaughter wherebye the animals are killed without stunning, and having lived through wartime food rationing I have eaten Horsemeat, Goat, Whalemeat, and probably many things I wasn't aware of. and by my choice frequently enjoy meatless lunches / dinners / sandwiches etc. I do supprt full Labelling of all Foods / goods sold. simply for my own choice, although we know that Labels are not always truethfull and if incorrect, might even be more harmfull to those with allergies. But I also strongly support freedom of choice for all humans. As to the transportation of Live animals I am sorry to say that animal rights protesters were / are partly to blame since their protests which resulted in the closures of hundreds of local Slaughterhouses, didn't stop the exports of English meats, (which is a huge industry) but was recognised that animals slaughtered in the country of consumption fetched higher prices than Carcasses, such as Cattle from Ireland sent alive by Boat to feed and rest for a couple of days eating English grass, can then be sold as English Fed Beef. So sadly the Carrot crunchers actuall fed the industry as it is today. And NO I do not support animals travelling long journies without Feed and water, but as said you also have quite a responsibility to answer to over this issue. Now where did I put the Salad Cream. Jabbadad
  • Score: -5

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