Badger March In May's Constituency
Badger protection march comes to the Prime Minister’s Maidenhead Constituency on Saturday 14th July. A peaceful, family-friendly protest against the Government's unpopular badger cull policy will come to Prime Minister Theresa May's Maidenhead constituency on Saturday 14th July. Organised by the Badger Trust with the support of people in the local community, this will be the 43rd protest march against the badger cull policy held in towns and cities across England over the last 5 years. Dominic Dyer, CEO of the Badger Trust and British Wildlife Advocate at the Born Free Foundation and a speaker at the march, said: "Since 2013 the Government have wasted £50 million of the taxpayer’s money to kill just over 35,000 badgers (around £1100 per badger) in the largest destruction of a protected species in living memory. The vast majority of the badgers killed have been completely free of TB and many have died as a result of an experimental 'free shooting' method which has been condemned as inhumane by both the Government's independent expert panel and the British Veterinary Association. After 5 years of badger culling, the government has provided no reliable evidence to prove that the policy is having any significant impact on lowering bovine TB in cattle in or around the cull zones. Few can now doubt that the badger cull has been a disastrous failure on scientific, cost and animal welfare grounds. We could kill every badger in Britain but bovine TB will continue to spread in cattle herds, due to inaccurate TB testing, excessive numbers of cattle movements and poor bio security controls" Carol Samuel, badger protection campaigner and local event organiser, said: "It is absolutely right that we bring the anti badger cull protest movement to the Prime Minister's constituency of Maidenhead. In the next few weeks we could see licences issued for the killing of thousands of badgers in Berkshire as a direct result of her Government’s decision to expand the badger cull in the face of huge public, scientific and political opposition. This is despite the fact that a Defra funded survey of road kill badgers in Berkshire by the University of Surrey found that none were infected with bovine TB. The march in Maidenhead will help generate more public and media interest on the need to stop the badger cull and give greater protection to the badger, which has become one of the most demonised and persecuted wild animals in Britain" The march will start at Kidwell Park in Maidenhead at 1pm. For more information contact the CEO of the Badger Trust Dominic Dyer on 07876 596233 or Dom@badgertrust.org.uk.