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Jun 18, 2008
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Protest
Location: United Kingdom
3#Actions for badgers + rally in Cardiff
1.
Going against solid scientific advice the Welsh Assembly have recently voted to allow badger culling to go ahead in Wales. This will be a wildlife massacre of an almost unprecedented scale - and for nothing. The largest report into bovine TB found that badger culling would actually make the situation worse by displacing surviving badgers. It is not too late to try and make them see sense!
Please write a polite letter to Elin Jones AM, the Minister for Rural Affairs (whether you live in Wales or not!):

Elin Jones AM
National Assembly for Wales
Cardiff Bay
Cardiff
CF99 1NA

Or email: elin.jones@wales.gov.uk

using the following sample letter:
- the sample is "as UK citizen" - just change it as you wish
"Dear Minister

As a citizen of the UK I was extremely disappointed to hear that the Welsh Assembly has voted for a badger cull in Wales.

This move goes against the advice of the largest ever study into the spread of bovine TB which found that culling badgers would have no meaningful impact on the spread of the disease – and would actually make it worse. The real culprit is bad farming practices. Despite intensive culling of badgers in the Republic of Ireland the proportion of infected herds has remained largely constant since culling intensified in 2002. Whereas, Northern Ireland has virtually halved infection, through effective cattle controls without badger culling. I urge you to follow Northern Ireland’s lead and call off the cull – it will achieve nothing, only needlessly cost the lives of thousands of wild animals and tarnish the reputation of Wales.

Yours sincerely"

2.
Hilary Benn (the Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) will be taking a decision on the ‘culling’ of badgers in England within the next few weeks.

PLEASE E MAIL HILARY BENN TODAY-EVEN IF YOU HAVE DONE SO BEFORE- AND PLEASE GET AS MANY CONTACTS, FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES TO ALSO E MAIL HILARY BENN STATING THEY ARE AGAINST ANY CULL.PLEASE DO THIS NOW!

PLEASE HELP THE SECRETARY OF STATE TO SHOW THAT PUBLIC OPINION IS TOTALLY AGAINST ANY CULL-YOUR E-MAIL WILL MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE!

E MAIL: bennh@parliament.uk

PLEASE ALSO COPY TO: PS.Hilary.Benn@defra.gsi.gov.uk S.Hilary.Benn@defra.gsi.gov.uk>

IT IS IMPORTANT TO SEND TO BOTH ADDRESSES.
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IN ADDITION: If you are UK citizen PLEASE ALSO WRITE TO/E MAIL YOUR MP AND ASK THEM TO WRITE TO HILARY BENN EXPRESSING YOUR OPPOSITION TO ANY CULL.

YOU CAN FIND AND CONTACT YOUR MP HERE:

http://www.writetothem.com

THANK YOU!

3.
Please check if you have signed the petition:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/16/help-save-the-british-badgers


Save British Badgers from Massive Cull badger.gif picture by cissymermaid

Tens of thousands of Britain's badgers face the threat of a massive, unprecedented cull. This killing would defy official recommendations from a 10-year study that the much-loved badgers should be spared, but the minister responsible believes that it cannot legally be stopped.
Farmers, landowners and vets are drawing up detailed plans for a mass extermination of badgers over a vast area of the West Country in the hope of controlling tuberculosis infections in cattle. They hope to start killing the animals this summer and plan to repeat the operation annually for the next three years. The proposed cull area includes Britain's best-known badgers, on the Fishleigh Estate near Okehampton, whose antics have delighted millions on BBC2's Springwatch.


The plan flies in the face of the conclusions of the official Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB headed by Professor John Bourne, which concluded that killing badgers "cannot meaningfully contribute" to controlling the disease, and might even increase its spread. Culling badgers only makes things worse, as infected animals flee the killing fields and thereby infect new areas. It is also more effective to control the cattle trade and erect electric fences to keep badgers out of barns. Most of the TB cases in the cattle, as much as 70 %, are caught from other cattle, not from badgers. This killing is therefore senseless, cruel and needless. Please sign to save the British badgers!

Thanks
Joanna

1pm outside the Welsh Assembly Building (Debating Rooms)

(followed by talk, stalls and teas and coffee from 2pm to 4pm at the nearby Future Inn Cardiff Bay Hotel (Holder & Dunraven rooms - note: we have switched to bigger rooms in the same hotel)). Directions below.

Join us! This isn’t just a Welsh problem – this mass slaughter of wildlife must be fought by us all.

http://www.viva.org.uk/campaigns/badgers/rally.htm
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