North Wales Rally for Badgers!
On Saturday, 26 July 2008, up to a hundred
animal lovers marched through Colwyn Bay to call for the
proposed badger 'cull' in Wales to be scrapped.
Organised by Viva! contact Judi Hewitt for North
Wales Animal Rights, the peaceful event was a huge success.
Displaying posters and badger masks provided by Viva!, the
protest begun outside the Welsh Assembly offices and then
marched to the promenade for a rally, song (by Judi) and
Judi says, "While we were there, we had hundreds of people
beeping their horns in support. It was incredible!!!!! Not one
nasty remark, not one two finger insult! Brilliant!".
The event attracted media across North Wales,
and the support of Queen's Brian May.
Special thanks goes to Judi for organising the
event so well, and raising the profile of the campaign - and, in
turn, mounting pressure on Elin Jones to call of the 'cull'.
At the rally, Judi read out the following
message from Viva!:
"The proposed 'cull' of badgers in Wales is a
disgrace. It is designed to pull a veil over the failings of
farmers and Government. The finger of blame for this epidemic of
bovine TB points directly at them. They have allowed lax cattle
movement control and insufficient testing let us get to the
position we are now in. It doesn't matter which way they cut it,
badgers are not to blame for the spread of bovine TB.
We have science on our side. We have common sense on our side.
And now we have the English Government on our side. Elin Jones
and her cronies are looking increasingly isolated. Gatherings
like this today and the Rally Viva! held outside the Assembly
buildings in Cardiff send a very clear message that they will
not get away with massacring our wildlife for folly.
Viva! has written to every AM in Wales urging them to put
pressure on Elin Jones to change, and we have contacted every
newspaper and media outlet in Wales. We are also planning a
Welsh specific badger leaflet and a Day of Action across the
whole of Wales in September. Details will soon be available on
the Viva! website.
This is a battle we will win - we must win."
to find out what else you can do for badgers! You can email the
Welsh Assembly from this page.