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Queen's Brian May to attend badger cull rally in Bristol today

By This is Bristol  |  Posted: September 11, 2012

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The Stop the Cull rally will take place on College Green from 4.30pm to 7pm today

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Queen guitarist Brian May will join animal conservationists on College Green this afternoon in a rally against a proposed badger cull that the Government claims will help combat cattle tuberculosis.

The founder of Save Me, a non-profit organisation that highlights wildlife injustices, May will speak at the rally about his opposition to the cull.

The chief executive of the RSPCA Gavin Grant will also be among those speaking at the event, which runs from 4.30pm to 7pm.

Joe Duckworth, chief executive of The League Against Cruel Sports (LACS), and Mark Jones, veterinarian and director of Humane Society International (UK), will also speak at the Stop the Cull rally, organised by the Badger Trust.

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Animal charities are urging local people to come along to the gathering, which is free to attend, and demonstrate their opposition to the cull.

Read more about the badger cull debate here.

Bristol Green Councillor Gus Hoyt, who will also attend the rally, said: "Wildlife are an essential part of life and we must stop viewing them as competitors and pests.

"We have become over-reliant on mass produced livestock and this is what we need to focus on - obtaining a sustainable modern means of food production - not assaulting our countryside. This cull is inexcusable."

The rally is timed to coincide with the hearing at the Court of Appeal in which the Badger Trust will seek to overturn a judge's decision to allow the cull to take place.

In December 2011 plans were announced for a cull, initially in Gloucestershire and Somerset, to try to curb the spread of tuberculosis (TB) in cattle.

The government says culling will help combat cattle tuberculosis, which costs the UK more than £100m per year.

In July this year the Badger Trust saw its legal bid to block the badger cull fail in the High Court.

The Trust argued the cull plans drawn up by the Department the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) were illegal, on the grounds they would at best make a small impact on the disease and could make it worse.

The trust also argued that the plan to have culling licences issued by Natural England was outside the law, and that the only person authorised to issue them was the Environment Secretary - Caroline Spelman MP.

But in his judgement, Mr Justice Ouseley ruled against the Trust on both counts.

The result means culls could begin as early as September in Somerset and Gloucestershire.

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  • BedmoBanjo  |  February 18 2013, 3:09PM

    Love my people. Faced with all sorts of trouble, shrinking exchange rates, businesses failing etc, we all rally to the cause of "badger safety". They're big weasels that may well deliver the kiss of death to british agriculture. Why is it farmers are always the bad guys in this? Where do badgers live? On farmland and agricultural land. If you kill that industry you've pretty much killed the badger. Mr Farmer has two options: struggle on with farm, or sell land for development. Not one animal welfare activist ever seems to get that. If we don't support farming we don't support green space. Intensive farming. Hate to say it Mr & Mrs eco-food but a lot of your green produce and meat will be coming from farms with both systems running alongside each other. "Barn raised eggs" next door to the battery farm. So whilst you might feel all warm inside for your "friendly" eggs realistically you're still supporting the farmer you don't like. Badgers & TB - as much as it pains me, Charles knows what he's talking about. Think all animal welfare folks have some image of badger-auschwitz, realistically it can be government run or it can be left to farmers who are already in the midst of guerilla cull anyway. Don't really understand the position here. They're sick, getting sicker and infecting other species. Anyone with any real understanding of animals and eco-systems understands this is a grim reality, not, as many seem to think, the glorious victory for blood letters and badger haters. Ideally, yeah leave 'em be. As it stands though there's only a handful of options and going sett to sett popping TB vaccine down thier little throats would probably cost millions of billions, be ineffective and result in a lot of bitten and mauled environment agency folk.

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  • Charlespk  |  September 12 2012, 12:45PM

    The Badger Trust has lost its Court of Appeal challenge to government proposals to kill thousands of wild badgers in England. It clears the way for the start of culls in parts of Gloucestershire and Somerset. A Defra spokesperson said: "Nobody wants to cull badgers. But no country in the world where wildlife carries TB has eradicated the disease in cattle without tackling it in wildlife too." If what Defra calls "controlled shooting" of badgers is to take place this year, the six-week cull must begin in the autumn, before the badger breeding season begins. Continue reading the main story Culling is not permitted when there is a risk that badgers feeding their young might be killed, leaving their cubs underground without food.

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  • dodgethebulle  |  September 12 2012, 12:43PM

    This is the real cause of bTB ! Intensive farming http://tinyurl.com/8qhas4s

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  • dodgethebulle  |  September 12 2012, 12:35PM

    Badger culling is "ineffective", the expert behind the UK's biggest review of the links between badgers and tuberculosis in cattle, said on Monday. Professor Lord John Krebs was the government adviser responsible for the scientific review in the 1990s which found that badgers were a "reservoir" of bovine TB and could transmit the disease to cattle. He called for trial culls, which were then carried out. But he said on Monday the results of the trials showed that culling was "not an effective policy" and would be a mistake." http://tinyurl.com/69sqykf We need 100,000 people to sign now. Please share, tell your friends and sign. We need your help. There are 65,000 people who reach 1.5m friends so please share and sign NOW http://tinyurl.com/8odb3eg https://submissions.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38257/signature/new

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  • Charlespk  |  September 12 2012, 12:18PM

    Bovine TB - A WAY FORWARD This short video is essential viewing for all those who care about the continual needless slaughter of our farmers' cattle. http://tinyurl.com/66l9ud9 (open in a new window) As I have been promoting the video 'Bovine TB - A Way Forward', I would like to put on record that in my opinion, and probably most of those with any knowledge of bTB in animals that it is highly unlikely that West Devon beef farmer Bryan Hill would be able to distinguish whether or not a badger was clean, just by observing it. Only when one was behaving differently and was obviously clinically sick. If you listen to Dr John Gallagher, the veterinary pathologist again as he explains how animals present with the disease and the infection in different ways, it will be clearer why. . With alpaca for example symptoms aren't often shown until the illness is in its last stage. . What symptoms and their severity depends very much on the location of the inflammatory lesions.

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  • dodgethebulle  |  September 12 2012, 12:13PM

    It May surprise you to hear that the people who are against the badger cull are fully supportive of finding a solution to Bovine TB! Like most farmers, they hate to see any animals suffer. The cull of badgers or any wildlife should only be carried out as an ABSOLUTE last resort! The fact is that there are alternative methods with which to deal with Bovine TB. A vaccination programme would have minimal impact on the badger population and arguably have a more effective outcome in tackling Bovine TB. It is no surprise the British public have been angered by the conservative governments apparent disregard for British wildlife and their flawed decision to go ahead with a badger cull without first giving alternative methods a chance. Their arrogant attitude toward the majority of people they are supposed represent highlights the corrupt nature of politics. We need 100,000 people to sign now. Please share, tell your friends and sign. We need your help. There are 65,000 people who reach 1.5m friends so please share and sign NOW http://tinyurl.com/8odb3eg https://submissions.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38257/signature/new

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  • dodgethebulle  |  September 12 2012, 12:10PM

    The official policy in Britain (and the rest of the European Union) is to eradicate bovine TB from cattle. This is laid out in 'The Bovine TB Eradication Programme For England' (DEFRA 2011b ). It is true that disease eradication has been achieved for smallpox in humans, and has recently been claimed for rinderpest in cattle. These diseases, however, have single maintenance hosts and hence eradication is a meaninful objective (CFSPH, 2008 ). But no disease with multiple maintenance hosts has ever been eradicated - and may never be. Moreover global eradication programmes are extremely expensive and can have very adverse side-effects, especially in relation to diverting resources from effective control methods (see Caplan, 2009 on 'Is eradication ethical?'). Even disease elimination - namely reduction to zero in the incidence of infection within a specified geographical area - is impractical when you have several wild maintenance hosts as with bovine TB. TB infected cattle can be removed using the 'test and cull' approach, with affected herds put under movement restriction and re-tested periodically to eliminate cattle that may shed the organism. But this approach cannot be used for wildlife reservoir species, which in Britain means badgers and fallow deer. Because sick badgers are more likely to get culled, large scale pro-active culls (actually a misuse of the term 'cull') may sometimes reduce the disease prevalence in badgers (Corner et al., 2008 ), but cannot possibly eliminate infections in a wild population, therefore given these facts, could it be the UK government has adopted a dysfunctional disease control policy merely to placate wealthy livestock farmers and avoid spending money? If so, it is almost as unfair to farmers as it is to the badgers... We need 100,000 people to sign now. Please share, tell your friends and sign. We need your help. There are 65,000 people who reach 1.5m friends so please share and sign NOW http://tinyurl.com/8odb3eg https://submissions.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38257/signature/new

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  • Charlespk  |  September 12 2012, 9:19AM

    Bovine TB - A WAY FORWARD This short video is essential viewing for all those who care about the continual needless slaughter of our farmers' cattle. http://tinyurl.com/66l9ud9 (open in a new window) As I have been promoting the video 'Bovine TB - A Way Forward', I would like to put on record that in my opinion, and probably most of those with any knowledge of bTB in animals that it is highly unlikely that West Devon beef farmer Bryan Hill would be able to distinguish whether or not a badger was clean, just by observing it. Only when one was behaving differently and was obviously clinically sick. If you listen to Dr John Gallagher, the veterinary pathologist again as he explains how animals present with the disease and the infection in different ways, it will be clearer why. . With alpaca for example symptoms aren't often shown until the illness is in its last stage. . What symptoms and their severity depends very much on the location of the inflammatory lesions.

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  • dodgethebulle  |  September 11 2012, 11:45PM

    It May surprise you to hear that the people who are against the badger cull are fully supportive of finding a solution to Bovine TB! Like most farmers, they hate to see any animals suffer. The cull of badgers or any wildlife should only be carried out as an ABSOLUTE last resort! The fact is that there are alternative methods with which to deal with Bovine TB. A vaccination programme would have minimal impact on the badger population and arguably have a more effective outcome in tackling Bovine TB. It is no surprise the British public have been angered by the conservative governments apparent disregard for British wildlife and their flawed decision to go ahead with a badger cull without first giving alternative methods a chance. Their arrogant attitude toward the majority of people they are supposed represent highlights the corrupt nature of politics. http://tinyurl.com/9ra96cg https://http://tinyurl.com/9nmca3q

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  • dodgethebulle  |  September 11 2012, 11:45PM

    Independent scientific studies have shown that culling would be of little help in reducing bovine TB, and even suggest that it could make things worse in some areas. To hear the facts, press play on the video below. If you want the government to make the sensible choice. Sign the Petition http://tinyurl.com/9ndb3ty http://tinyurl.com/9lmonj3

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