Week 2 news round-up
Save Me Trust launches legal challenge to stop the cull
On the 11th September, the Save Me Trust launched a Judicial Review in the High Court in London, challenging the legality of Natural England’s decision to authorise the culling of badgers in Western Gloucestershire, Western Somerset and Dorset.
“Badgers are a protected species. Unless an exception applies, killing a badger is a criminal offence under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992. One exception is when the badger is killed for the purpose of preventing the spread of disease, and the killer has a licence issued by Natural England.”
“The Government has not sought to repeal or amend the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, so Natural England has to comply with it. It justifies issuing the licences on the grounds that the cull is for the purpose of preventing the spread of bovine tuberculosis in cattle.”
“The scientific consensus is that a badger cull can lead to a slight reduction in the incidence of bovine TB, but only if the cull is carried out professionally and thoroughly, using experienced field staff to trap the badgers in cages before shooting them. Anything less cannot be relied on to reduce the spread of bovine TB, and may well increase it, because the badgers that survive move around more and so have a greater opportunity to catch bovine TB or to pass it on.”
Stop The Cull targets Tyrrells Crisps
Tyrrells Crisps has now fallen into Stop the Cull’s spotlight as the company is said to source its potatoes from Cobrey Farms. Cobrey Farms, sole supplier of asparagus to Marks and Spencer, is reported to be participating in the Gloucestershire badger cull.
As only one small farm needs to pull out of the Gloucestershire Cull Zone to make the cull licence invalid, people are being asked to contact the CEO of Tyrrell Crisps, David Milner, to ‘politely’ ask the company to stop sourcing potatoes from Cobrey Farms.
Write: David Milner, Park House, Main Road, Wells-Next-The-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1RN
Badgers need you!
An increasing number of calls for support have been made by anti-cull campaigners and wounded badger patrols.
Dorset Badger Patrol meets every evening at 7.30pm at Tesco’s Car Park in Blandford DT11 9PU (Turn off the Badger Roundabout on the A354).
Somerset Badger Patrol meets every evening at 7:30pm at Williton Car Park, Killick Way, TA4 4QA
Gloucestershire Badger Patrol meets every evening at 7:00pm. See the image below for more details.
For further information on how you can help stop the badger cull visit the ‘Take Action’ section of this site.