Hundreds 'do it' for Badgers Across Wales
Viva! Day of Action: Saturday, September 20, 2008
Viva! and local supporters were
out in force in central Cardiff for the Welsh badgers
Judi Hewitt (second from right) and local supporters
do it for badgers in Mold, North Wales
Thousands of signatures were
collected around Wales against the proposed 'cull'
An army of animal lovers called for Welsh
politicians to abandon the proposed 'cull' in Wales of badgers during Viva!'s Day of Action.
Peaceful support raising activities took place right across
Wales, with demos happening in Bridgend, Cardiff, Haverfordwest,
Lampeter, Llandysul, Porthmadog, Swansea, Wrexham (and more -
with further ones in England, too). Hundreds of other people spread the word
by door-dropping our leaflets and encouraging people to contact
the Welsh minister for Rural Affairs, Elin Jones. We are asking her to
take action now before animals start dying in this misguided
attempt to control bovine TB.
Local supporter, Judi Hewitt, of North Wales
Animal Rights took to the streets in Mold. She was pleasantly
surprised by the positive reaction: "As we approached this old
market town, I remember telling my companions, 'Ah well, we're
going straight into the lions den..' How wrong I was; such
lovely people, and not a single nasty verbal attack! Not even
from a young farmer who came over to talk to us; eager to let us
know, that although he disagreed with us, he wasn't happy about
badgers being killed.".
There were several demos in Cardiff. Viva! held
one in the centre and we were delighted by the reaction of the
public, who queued up to sign our petition. They were horrified at the thought of
badgers being killed to appease farmers. They were even more
outraged to hear that the proposed 'cull' is a fool's errand,
and will do nothing to control the disease and will cost
countless animal lives.
Viva!'s campaigns Manager, Justin Kerswell told
reporters: "Badgers are scapegoats for bad farming practices and
government failure. In their eagerness to blame anyone but
themselves for the bovine TB epidemic, Welsh farmers and
politicians are targeting wildlife when they should be looking
closer to home. The simple truth is that dairy cows are vastly
overworked and vulnerable to infection, suffering the dual
burden of pregnancy and lactation during much of their lives.
Add to this mass cattle movements and unreliable testing you
start to see the real causes of the problem.
"A 'cull' of badgers in Wales will decimate wildlife, cost a
huge amount of taxpayers' money and achieve nothing. It is quite
incredible that the Welsh Assembly simply ignored the available
science in the rush to pacify dairy farmers.
"We not only call on Elin Jones to reverse the decision but are
calling on consumers to reject meat and dairy - the very things
that are driving this problem."
See the BBC report of the day
What can you do to help?
to find out what else you can do for badgers! You can email the
Welsh Assembly from this page.