The Badger Army Marches On
Over 350 people joined a peaceful family protest march against the badger cull policy through the centre of Chester on Saturday 10th December.
The march was organised by the Badger Trust with the support of the campaign group Cheshire Against the Cull and the League Against Cruel Sports and the Born Free Foundation.
It was the 40th protest march held against the badger cull in towns & cities across England since 2013.
The march was held in Chester as Cheshire is considered a high risk area for the spread of bovine TB in cattle and the badger cull could be extended into the county in 2017.
The march brought together hundreds of people from all ages and backgrounds from Cheshire and across the county.
BBC Northwest Tonight TV send a reporter and camera crew to cover the march and the protest made headline news to over half a million viewers, in their Saturday evening news broadcast.
The march was also covered by ITV News and the Chester Chronicle.
The protest march made its way from Chester Town Hall through the centre of the town to the Roman Amphitheatre.
Dominic Dyer CEO Badger Trust and Policy Adviser at the Born Free Foundation (who has spoken at all 40 protest marches held since 2013) made the closing speech at the end of the march.
He told the crowd that they should be proud of being part of the largest rolling wildlife protection protest movement ever seen in the UK.
Over the past 3 years thousands of people have come out onto the streets of towns and cities across England to show their opposition to the killing of badgers to tackle bovine TB in cattle.
He said the battle to protect badgers must continue with peaceful protests in the streets and the fields as the cruel ineffective policy is rolled out to new areas of the country in 2017.
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