join badger cull protest filming near Burnham-On-Sea
of people took part in the filming of a protest video near Burnham-On-Sea
yesterday (Sunday) to campaign against the government's proposed
cull of badgers.
Over 350 people attended the filming session at Secret World in
East Huntspill, organised by The Badger Trust.
Martin Dohrn, pictured below, shot several scenes for the video
from a helicopter flying over the Secret World site where the
crowd below formed the shape of a badger in a field.
film highlights the plight of badgers and lets the government
know there is no logic in going ahead with a cull," he told
filmed this unique video to emphasize that people can unite peacefully
to show the government their abhorrence of what is proposed. The
Badger Trust will be publishing the video online over the next
of all ages took part in Sunday's filming, with some wearing attention-grabbing
headwear to get the message across.
World founder Pauline Kidner backed the protest, saying: "I
can't believe that through the last 25 years we have seen badgers
denigrated by many in the farming community, followed by a comprehensive
eight year experiment, the Randomised Badger Culling Trial, the
largest experiment ever held in the world, which came out against
the culling of badgers."
yet we are again facing a pilot scheme to see if shooting running
badgers at night will be humane, efficient and effective. With
licences issued to kill over 5,000 in Somerset and Gloucestershire,
our fight will continue."
culls are due to start next month in West Somerset over a six-week
period. The culls, which are intended to wipe out the spread of
bovine TB, are likely to effect 70% of badger populations.
RSPCA has branded the cull a "national disgrace", but
the Government, the National Farmers' Union and several other
organisations insist the cull must go ahead to halt the spread
of bovine tuberculosis.