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Badger cull protest in Lincoln

By HGilbey_LE  |  Posted: August 24, 2013

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A protest against badger culling is due to march through Lincoln today.

Demonstrators against the proposed badger cull will gather in the city for “a peaceful protest”.

It runs alongside protests against the trial cull areas in Somerset and Gloucestershire.

The environment secretary Owen Paterson gave permission for farmers to shoot badgers, in a bid to prevent the spread of TB in cattle.

But protesters from Vegan Lincs and Lincoln Animal Friends hope today’s demonstrations in the city will help stop the cull.

Linda Wardale, group coordinator for Vegan Lincs, is helping organise the protest.

“Being a vegan I am passionate about animal welfare, and the badger cull is so wrong on so may counts,” she said.

“The government commissioned independent scientific research into it and the results of that were culling won’t have any major impact on bovine TB in cattle.

"It basically is a futile attempt.

"It is not in Lincolnshire, we have still got badgers here but we don’t have intensive farms like they do elsewhere in the country.

"It is intensive farming that is causing problems.

"In the west there is a higher concentration of dairy farms and they are blaming the badgers - but it is more to do with farming practices and spread of TB when cattle are being transported.

“This demonstration is a knee jerk reaction fuelled by the dairy industry."

Ms Wardale added: “A bullet is cheaper than a needle, and they are under enough threat anyway from badger baiting and being road kill.

"I love badgers; they are adorable creatures and should be allowed to live their lives in safety.

"It is a peaceful protest.

"We just hope we can get the message across in Lincoln.

“The other side to this is that badgers do have friends and friends have votes.”

The demonstration will start outside the United Reformed Church in Lincoln at 12.30pm, moving onto the High Street.

It is due to finish at the War Memorial in Lincoln city centre.

Watch footage of the protest and see pictures here.

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17 comments

  • bigBikeBloke  |  August 26 2013, 10:06AM

    CO2 is an asphyxiant, don't think anyone is climbing it is toxic, similarly CH4 is explosive. Both are linked with climate change, an issue totally unrelated to the properties above." Ch4 was explosive until they ditched the tube and big breakfast. climate change is normal climate stagnation would be abnormal

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  • jdr3360  |  August 25 2013, 10:31PM

    Bigbikebloke. If you are going to try and sound clever at least have the decency to know what you are arguing against. The fact that CO2 is as you put it a non toxic has nothing to do with it's link to climate change. CO2 is an asphyxiant, don't think anyone is climbing it is toxic, similarly CH4 is explosive. Both are linked with climate change, an issue totally unrelated to the properties above.

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  • InsideStory  |  August 25 2013, 9:24AM

    No matter what the government will always look after the farmers rather than wildlife or the general population of this country .All animals and and insects are part of our ecosystem and should be protected against mankind for the sake of mankind profit should never take president over the interests of the planet . Scientists keep contradicting each others findings regarding endless amount of subjects including Badger culling so i take anything they have to say with a pinch of salt and so should everyone else .

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  • Pete67  |  August 25 2013, 7:33AM

    If it did no good before why should it this time. I think it's more the Government hate wildlife, and after the Badger cull doesn't work they'll probably come up with the Foxes, and after that?

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  • Listener  |  August 24 2013, 11:00PM

    I do try to be sensible when I make a comment, so here goes. Surely "Bovine TB" means Cattle. I seems to me that the Badger population caught this disease FROM Cattle, rather than giving it to them, otherwise it ought to be called Badger TB. Wouldn't it make more sense to vaccinate herds and keep them away from Badgers to stop them spreading it to the Badger population in the first place? I must say that I have never hugged a tree, but as trees are the vital lungs of the planet, perhaps we ought to hug them a bit more! I can't really comment on gas attacks, other than to say, it is an "intelligent" species waging war on its own kind, as has happened many times before.......................

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  • grannyonline1  |  August 24 2013, 7:48PM

    Actually Ian Heighton....Most independent scientists agree that culling badgers is NOT the right thing to do. Its the GOV., thats trying to convince us that they are wrong, NOT "tree huggers" as you put it.

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  • Yer_Nemesis  |  August 24 2013, 6:39PM

    Still not seeing a valid point. Could you make one please?

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  • Gemma7155  |  August 24 2013, 6:11PM

    I was part of the protest and it went very well. We had no trouble and had our very own Mr Plod. I would have dearly loved to have taken part in the London protest but due to ill-health that wasn't possible so taking part in something locally was very important to me. Leicestershire & Rutland have a vaccination programme so why can't other regions !! Killing innocent badgers isn't the answer - vaccination is !! If this cull goes ahead, as well as the slaughter of badgers the whole ecosystem is going to change. Good luck to anyone who is going to the cull zones & thank you !!

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  • moocher1  |  August 24 2013, 6:09PM

    I found the comment about illegal animal movements strange...........dairy farmers keep their animals close to their farms, they breed them to continue milk production with the excess livestock being reared for beef.........FACT!! The only way TB can infect a herd is for it to be brought in and seeing as these farms do not bring diseased animals into their farm then the only way is for it to be carried in by other source that is infected namely badgers and deer. Deer are culled already without license on a daily basis the only animal to require a license to cull is the badger. Before they were over protected by law they were controlled by shooting, FACT. Since being over protected by law numbers have exploded as has TB. People need to get real, the cull will take place. All the so called sabs will be doing is causing trouble as is all they ever do

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  • bigBikeBloke  |  August 24 2013, 5:54PM

    tree huggers is not a meaningless phrase for if it were it would not be used as a method of describing people who are neurotic, eco mental and over sensitive to state control. The extreme weather description, its not extreme its normal its only extreme in your head based on what you see as normal, an ice age is normal and as a fire in a forest and a flood is normal, so are storms the earths axis is in gyroscopic wobble around every 20000 years this alters the position of the planet in relation to the sun which alters the climate and so it changes, hence climate change is normal. co2 is not a toxic gas and climate change is the biggest con since the millennium bug

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