Festival-goers sign up to help protect badgers

Badger Action Network hit the ground running as their stall proved a massive success at VegFest Bristol 2016 over the weekend of 21 & 22 May. Leaflets outlining the travesty that is the Government’s badger cull policy were snapped up and over 300 people signed up to become part of the local grass roots organisations that are springing up all over the country. Able to build on the success of group actions in Gloucestershire, Dorset and Somerset, these local groups will also hit the ground at speed.

The national media may have lost interest, the farming industry and the Government may have hoped that opposition to their ‘crazy’ badger cull would grind to a halt, but the depth of feeling that we encountered against the badger cull shows that they are wrong. The opposition is growing stronger day by day as any rational person can see that the badger cull is wrong on so many levels.

So watch our VegFest video and pledge to be a badger hero today!

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BAN at VegFest Bristol 2016
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We’re at VegFest Bristol – 21 & 22 May!

BAN has created a fabulous badger-themed stall at Bristol’s VegFest this weekend, 21 and 22 May. We will be in the Amphitheatre, opposite a chocolate stall apparently, so who could resist coming our way? Stall number: A43

Look at our facebook page to see how you can win complimentary tickets. We will have a raffle and a competition but, more important than that, we’ll be on hand to explain how people can help save badger lives in 2016.

There are so many inspiring ways in which people can express their opposition to the badger cull which as Natural England, the Government’s own Advisory Body, warned is an ‘unprecedented’ attack on an iconic, much loved, native British mammal.  We cannot let this go unchallenged.

Veg Fest opening times: 11.00 – 18.00 (Amphitheatre)

More details and full directions

Queen of the May

As early summer sweeps over Britain, most people agree that May is a glorious time of the year. In some villages, it’s still a tradition to crown a May Queen, a gentle reminder of when, towards the end of April, the Romans would have paid tribute to Flora, the goddess of flowers. In May, badger cubs are growing fast, playing vigorously in and around their setts whilst their mums sniff the air for danger.

The presence of badgers in Britain pre-date the Roman conquest, the Druids, the Bronze Age and other ancient Britons by centuries. They were here long before rabbits, nettles and roe deer. The oldest recorded sett is in Cheddar Gorge and has been consistently inhabited by consecutive generations of badgers for some 30,000 years. Imagine the world they inhabited then. The most recent Ice Age was yet to come and Britain was still physically attached to mainland Europe and bears, elk, beavers and wolves would have been wandering through thick woods that stretched west to east almost without end.

Today, unlike Europe, Britain has few of these large mammal species left. So, in simple moral terms, one would have thought our native badgers would have been valued in their own right. Yet this Government is hell-bent on killing thousands of them in a morally unjustified and non-evidence-based policy. Quite simply, it is dirty politics driven by blind prejudice. But this is nothing new, so why should we give up our time to stand up for any animal and why badgers in particular?

Desmond Tutu, South African social rights activist and Anglican bishop, hit the nail on the head: “The matter of the abuse and cruelty we inflict on other animals has to fight for our attention in what sometimes seems an already overfull moral agenda. It is vital, however, that these instances of injustice not be overlooked”.

And why badgers? The badger cull is an attack on a native mammal that is without precedent in any country in modern times. As such, we shouldn’t – and can’t – stand by and watch from the sidelines. It is our wildlife, our natural heritage that is about to be decimated for no good reason at all.

As the 21st century unfolds, we need to reclaim our wildlife. Our woods, despite the fabulous shimmer of dark blue bluebells, would be sadly impoverished without the subtle presence of badgers. Likewise, our hedgerows, even though they’re thick with the overriding scent of hawthorn, the blossom of May, would be much the worse if they weren’t well trodden highways for generations of badgers

Right now, few direct actions have involved so many people from all walks of life for such a sustained time. The Badger Action Network is here to help both individuals and groups continue to protect the real Queen of the May – Meles meles – our native badger. Have a look around the website and please make a pledge right now to do everything you can to help protect our British badgers. Good luck!

 

Take action!

Farmers have submitted expressions of interest for badger culling in nine counties in England. The Badger Action Network is resource hub for those wishing to take action against the badger cull.

As a group of individuals with extensive, grassroots experience of protecting badgers against the culls in Gloucestershire, Somerset and Dorset, we have built up a range of tried and tested procedures over the last 3 years that we can share with those in new areas facing the culls for the first time.

Everyone can play their part, whatever your age or ability.

If you’re an individual wanting to know how you can help badgers, we can put you in touch with a group in your local area.

If you’re a group just starting out, we’ll send you an information pack and provide support.

Please explore the site and we hope you’ll find it an inspirational starting point to defending badgers in your area.

 

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