Published: March 30, 2011
Secret World founder delivers badger petition to Downing Street

Pauline Kidner, the founder of Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre near Burnham-On-Sea, was among a group of protesters who travelled to Downing Street on Monday (March 28th) to hand over a huge petition.

The petition of well over 16,000 signatures against the culling of badgers was handed to staff, as pictured here.

The petition was organised by The Badger Protection League, an umbrella organisation consisting of many groups whose membership exceeds 100,000 people.

It is also supported by an array of celebrities, including Anthony Head, patron of Secret World.

Anthony said this week: "For me, badgers represent everything that I love about the English Countryside and I am saddened and appalled that the slaughter of thousands of badgers is planned for England and Wales from May."

"Whilst I have empathy with farmers struggling to control the spread of Bovine TB it has been irrefutably proven that culling badgers will not resolve this issue."

"A more cost effective, and certainly more humane, way of managing this disease would be to trap and vaccinate badgers before releasing them back into the wild but instead they are to be culled. Farmers and landowners are to be given licenses to cage trap and shoot badgers, or to shoot free running badgers."

Pictured from the left are Mark Jones Care For The Wild International, Kerry McCarthy MP For East Bristol, Charles Betts MP for Sheffield, Pauline Kidner from Secret World and Susan Flanders from the Essex badger group


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