National Badger Rally Attended by Over 300!
Hundreds were out in support of the Welsh badgers at Viva!
A huge thank you to everyone who attended
Viva!'s National Rally for the Badgers on Saturday, June 28. The
response was overwhelming, with over 300 people gathering on the
steps of the Welsh Assembly's Debating Rooms. The message was
resounding and echoed right across Cardiff Bay - No badger
'cull' in Wales (or anywhere else in the UK for that matter!).
Badgers descended on Cardiff Bay in their
hundreds. A mother and father 'badger' were joined by children
dressed as baby badgers. Surrounding them were hundreds of
animal and wildlife lovers from across Wales and the rest of the
UK. All were wearing eye-catching badger masks and holding
dual-language signs saying 'Stop the cull!' and 'Atal Y Cwlio!'.
The peaceful protestors were calling on Elin
Jones (Minister for Welsh Rural Affairs) to act on the available
science and cancel the cull.
Messages were read out from sympathetic politicians, including
Lorraine Barrett AM, as well as celebrities such as Wendy
Turner-Webster, Joanna Lumley, Rose Elliot, Jenny Seagrove and
During the Rally peaceful protestors handed out
Viva! leaflets, showing the public that that the proposed cull
of badgers will be an animal welfare disaster of immense
proportions that will do nothing to solve the problem of TB in
cattle (bovine TB - bTB) in Wales - it may even make it worse.
Viva!'s director and Welsh resident, Juliet Gellatley, spoke at
the rally and told protestors: "In their eagerness to blame
anyone but themselves for the bovine TB epidemic, farmers are
targeting wildlife when they should be looking closer to home.
"The rush to intensify animal agriculture has
led to this disastrous situation. Dairy cows suffer the dual
burden of pregnancy and lactation during much of their lives.
Their immune systems are shot to pieces and they are physically
exhausted and killed after just two or three lactations, at four
or five years old. Add to this unreliable bTB testing that is
inaccurate in one-third of cases and you start to see the real
causes of the problem.
"A cull of badgers in Wales will decimate wildlife, cost a huge
amount of taxpayer's money and achieve nothing. It is quite
incredible that the Welsh Assembly simply ignored the available
science in its rush to mollify dairy farming's Neanderthal
"We not only call on Ms Jones to reverse the decision but are
calling on consumers to reject meat and dairy - the very things
that are driving this problem."
After the Rally, we took the protest to the streets and marched
back to a nearby hotel, where the talks continued and we
discussed how to move the campaign forward and achieve our
ultimate aim - stop the massacre of badgers both in Wales .
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.