Week 1 news round-up
Mourning the dead
Brian May led a mock funeral procession from Defra’s headquarters in London to Westminster on Tuesday 8th September, in memory of the badgers already killed in Somerset and Gloucestershire. The procession was attended by a number of influential speakers, including Green MP Caroline Lucas, Labour MP Angela Smith and Lush ethical director Hilary Jones, all of which pledged their support in putting an end to the badger cull.
Cull zone calls to action
Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting’s Facebook page states: ‘Just one week into the cull and there has been a massive amount of activity with many shooters being seen by patrollers as they look for wounded badgers. Other groups are reporting having disturbed shooters and cage trappers.’
An increasing number of calls for financial donations and support on the ground have been made by anti-cull campaigners. Visit the ‘Take Action’ section of this site for further information on how you can get involved.
M&S targeted by anti-cull campaigners
Cobrey Farms, one of the UK’s largest producers of asparagus and sole supplier to Marks and Spencers, is reported to be participating in the Gloucestershire badger cull. Anti-cull campaigners have identified Cobrey farmland within the Gloucestershire cull zone, and have reported badger killing on the land.
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 Marks and Spencers to ‘politely’ ask the company to stop sourcing asparagus from Cobrey Farms. The CEO of Marks and Spencers, Mark Bollands, is recommended as a key contact point.
Write: Marc Bolland, 31A The Little Boltons, West Brompton, London, SW10 9LL
Inside the Cull Zones
Ethical Consumer released the ‘Inside the Cull Zones’ report, which examines the organisations, individuals, motivations and politics driving the cull and those inside the cull zones. Ethical Consumer sought to explore the extent to which GIS mapping (Geographic Information System mapping) could be used to increase an understanding of land use type and ownership within the cull zones, questioning whether dairy and beef farmers were the primary stakeholders driving the cull within the Gloucestershire and Somerset cull zones.
Every Monday is now #badgermonday on twitter. The key time for focused badger tweeting is between 11am- 2pm, increasing the chance of a ‘trend’ and raised awareness of the controversial badger cull amongst tweeters. You can tweet about anything #badgercull related, and can also add the #badgermonday hashtag to tweets to help build the trend.