Thursday, 5 September 2013

BADGER CULL: Public opinion

The pilot badger culls have begun and public opposition to the badger cull is at an all time high. The H.M. Government e-petition against the cull has been trending with over 500 new signatures an hour. At the time of writing, over 283,000 people had signed the petition. This makes it the most signed Government e-petition ever and signatures have been growing at a rate of around 10,000 a day since Sunday (25th August) night. Yet, the Government and the National Farmers’ Union remain determined to shoot 5,000 badgers in Somerset and Gloucestershire over the next few weeks.

Badgergate, like many others, is appalled that the cull is going ahead despite many unanswered questions and deep-seated opposition from many quarters, including not just animal welfare and animal rights groups, but also farmers, vets, scientists, conservationists, artists, actors, musicians, film-makers, journalists, photographers, writers, teachers, housewives, students. Consultation after consultation has shown that the majority of the public does not favour culling badgers, as have various petitions, public statements and other actions.

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