cull protesters from Burnham area welcome Commons debate
100 protesters, including many from the Burnham-On-Sea area, joined
a special protest walk on Tuesday night (October 16th) to air
their concerns about the proposed cull of badgers across the
also welcomed the news that the imminent cull of badgers in Gloucestershire
and Somerset could face being voted down by MPs next week after
opponents were granted a Commons debate on the issue on 25th October.
approved the cull of up to 100,000 animals in an attempt to curb
the growing problem of tuberculosis in cattle, but the scheme
has provoked the largest animal rights protest since fox hunting
was banned in the 1990s.
Huntspill based Secretworld and the Badger Protection League (BPL)
organised Tuesday night's peaceful protest, pictured here, called
the 'Badger Night Walk', in Dunster.
Kidner, founder of Secretworld, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We
have every sympathy for farmers experiencing a Bovine TB breakdown
in their cattle, but they are being led up the garden path. This
is an experiment on killing badgers based on no science, with
no safety buffers for humans or animals either near to or on public
are also no clear numbers of badgers to be killed and no knowledge
of the effects of the spread of Bovine TB in cattle. Already the
government has spent another £4.7 million of our, the taxpayers,
money on a purely political plan of carnage. We are all joining
together to say no to badger culling."
call for the parliamentary debate was supported by a cross-party
group of 36 MPs. The motion to be debated next week states: "This
house recognises that significant, independent scientific research
has demonstrated that culling badgers will have little effect
on reducing the rate of bovine TB; acknowledges that culling may
even exacerbate the problem; notes that the e-petition against
the current plans for culling passed in a very short period of
time the 100,000 figure required to make it eligible for debate
in parliament and that it continues to attract impressive levels
of support from members of the public; calls on the government
to stop any planned or present culling of badgers; and further
calls on the government to introduce a vaccination programme and
measures to improve biosecurity with immediate effect."