NEWS

February

Sunday, 7th, Save The Badger are meeting at Miskin Manor Hotel, nr. Llantrisant (just off the M4, between Cardiff and Bridgend), at 10am. Representatives from regional badger groups, wildlife organisations, and a number of individuals opposing the cull have indicated they will be attending. If you would also like to come to the meeting, please contact us by clicking the link at the side of this page and we will reserve you a place.

Monday, 8th, we are pleased to say that the first meeting organised by Save The Badger was a tremendous success, so thanks to all of you who came to the meeting. Among those who attended were representatives from South & West Wales Wildlife Trust, Badger Trust Cymru, Pembrokeshire Against the Cull, Viva, a number of badger groups (some from as far away as Machynlleth), and we are also pleased to say many members of the public who'd never previously been involved in the campaign – our message is getting heard! We have also received countless messages of support from individuals and organisations throughout the UK. This campaign is growing and growing, day by day! The number of people pledging support is already huge, and for us at Save The Badger it is heart warming to know so many of you are ready to become actively involved in the fight to save the badger.

The meeting was covered by both the ITV and BBC Wales main news. The BBC news feature broadcast at 17.50 had an interview with John Evans, and this was later repeated at 22.15.


(Photo BBC News)

There is also an item about the Save The Badger meeting, "New group fights badger cull in west Wales" on the BBC news website. Please click on the image above to read the feature for yourself.

Tuesday, 9th, everyone involved at Save The Badger, and the vast amounts of people who oppose the Welsh Assembly Government's plan to cull badgers, are delighted that leading Welsh newspaper, The South Wales Argus has added their support to our campaign to fight this decision. Our thanks to the newspaper for joining the large number of scientists, environmentalists, and specialists in this field, who have considered all the evidence and realised that culling badgers to appease the farmers lobby is not the solution to bovine TB in cattle. We care about our country, Wales, we care about it's image, it's heritage, it's wildlife and all it's people – not just a vociferous minority. We need more good progressive journalism like this, or the danger is that WAG will make our nation become synonymous with medieval thinking and solutions to problems. Please click on the newspapers logo below to read the Editorial Comment for yourselves.

Wednesday, 10th, the results a major new scientific research study by Imperial College London into the effectiveness of badger culling in controlling bovine TB was published today. The study had this to say about culling badgers: "beneficial effects are not sustained, disappearing four years post-cull.", and "this is not a cost-effective contribution to preventing bTB infections in cattle” ! John Evans, spokesman for Save The Badger, said: “The results of this new scientific study completely shatters the argument put forward by Minister for Rural Affairs, Elin Jones when making her decision to cull badgers. It also backs up the findings of previous research. An overwhelming majority of scientific evidence states that culling of badgers as a means to deal with bTB is unscientific, uneconomic and importantly, it simply doesn't work. We are asking Elin Jones to halt her plans to kill badgers immediately. We are also urging her listen to all the scientific evidence and completely reconsider her position on this issue." This report is of huge importance and significance! To download a copy and read it yoursellf, please click here.

Thursday, 11th, yesterday's publication of the Imperial College report caught the attention of the media with both ITV and BBC carrying the story on their main news programmes. John was interviewed in Cardiff by BBC, with Christianne Glossop being sent out by WAG to give what we thought was a rather confusing response. In the light of the new scientific evidence, John publicly called on Elin Jones to "halt her plans to kill badgers immediately". Later, Save The Badger member, Ruth Evans, took on the NFU and Glossop in the Welsh language main news on S4C. Well done to them both. We've again had a great reaction from the public, with many messages of support. Our campiaign is gaining momentum. The more that people have come to understand what WAG actually intend doing to badgers, and to realise a massive amount of sceientific evidence states that their plans won't work anyway, the more horrifed and angry they are. Our thanks to you all for your support.

Monday, 15th, arrangements are currently underway for a protest rally in March outside the Welsh Assembly building in Cardiff. Much thought and consultation with other organisations opposed to WAG's decision to kill badgers has gone into the planning –  this will be no ordinary protest! An email with full details should have already gone out to everyone on our mailing list. if you haven't received a copy yet, and are interested in supporting our campaign, please contact us.

Friday, 15th, as some of you may already now from our email updates, Susan Hetherington hand delivered a letter from Save The Badger to the European Parliament in Brussels recently. The letter was a direct appeal for the European Parliament to intervene and request that the Assembly Government reconsider it's position in relation to it's planned slaughter of badgers in Wales. We are all very grateful to Susan for taking the time to do this. Only by us all working together like this can we hope to make the necessary impact to prevent WAG going ahead with their plans. Please click on the photo below to see Susan with our letter at the European Parliament.

Tuesday, 24th, everyone here is hard at work organising the Save The Badger rally outside the Welsh Assembly Government Senedd building in Cardiff on 8th March. All those on our email list should have already received an update together with a copy of the Rally poster to distribute, or print out and display wherever you can. We need to let more people know! This is a chance to show just how many of us there are who are totally against the WAG decision to make badgers a scapegoat for Bovine TB. In the past, WAG apparently have dismissed opposition as coming from just small numbers. So, please come and join us – and bring your friends, family, or anyone you know who is opposed the "cull" of badgers. United together, we can make a difference! To download your own copy of our poster, please click on the image below.

  

Wednesday, 25th, Save The Badger spokesman John Evans' opinion column on the WAG's decision to slaughter badgers was published in the Trinity Mirror group South Wales Valleys newspapers. Please click on the image below to read the column yourself.

March

Monday, 1st March, John was asked for his views on WAG's badger policy for the St David's Day edition of Big Issue Cymru. Please click on the image below to read the piece yourself.

Wednesday, 3rd March, the Badger Trust's excellent magazine for members, Badger News had a feature which looked at the background and various facts surrounding WAG's proposed badger "cull". The article also contained extracts from John's essay published on this site, The Killing Fields of Wales. Please click on the pages below to read the feature.

Monday, 8th, March, 2010, Save The Badger 's first public rally took place outside the Welsh Assembly Government Senedd building in Cardiff. Around 300 attended the event. Among those there on the day were representatives from South & West Wales Wildlife Trust, Badger Trust Cymru, Pembrokeshire Against the Cull, Secret World, Wales Against Animal Cruelty, Viva, Action For Animals, badger groups from Wales and England, and many members of the public. The event was covered by BBC and ITV news, the Western Mail, and South Wales Echo. At the event, a message of support from Brian May was read out – his message can now be found below in the About This Site section of this and all of our pages. As we had planned, after the speeches, everyone formed a large semi-circle facing the Senedd building and we all stood in silence with our fingers in our ears to symbolise the fact that WAG are refusing to listen to the large amount of scientists, conservationists, and Welsh public, all opposed to their plan to slaughter thousands of badgers. Everyone at Save The Badger is very grateful to Brian and all of you who came to also show your opposition to WAG's policy. For some of the media reaction to the event please click on the images below. There are more details and links to two online galleries of photograhps from the rally on our Events page.


(Photo BBC News)

Monday and Tuesday, 22nd and 23rd March, the High Court in Swansea heard arguments in an important challenge to the Welsh Assembly Ministers’ decision to press ahead with a mass badger cull in May 2010. The judicial review, being brought by the Badger Trust, asked the Court to quash the TB Eradication (Wales) Order 2009, which purports to authorise the cull on the grounds it will mitigate the spread of TB. Gwendolen Morgan of Bindmans LLP who represents the Trust, said: "There are perfectly viable options available, including vaccination (to take place alongside cattle control measures), which have not been lawfully evaluated by the Minister' in reaching their decision and which have been impermissibly rejected. Brian May and representatives from Save The Badger joined the Badger Trust at the hearing. As I'm sure you are aware by now, Brian's presence in court attracted a considerable amount of media attention throughout the UK. He hit out at the planned badger cull during the lunch-time break and told journalists the decision was based on bad science. He added: “This would be genocide. To me countries do not matter. Badgers are not British they belong to the world and they belong to everyone”. We know there are very many people here in Wales who wholeheartedly agree with Brian and appreciate the fact that he is supporting the Welsh public fighting to stop politicians going ahead with this unscientific and barbaric plan. I'm sure we all dearly hope that reason will prevail and the Judge will examine the overwhelming amount of scientific evidence, and agree with us that the "cull" should not go ahead.


(Brian May outside court, and later with Nicola Dodd, John Evans,
Susan Morris, from Save The Badger, and Pat Hayden, Badger Trust)

Saturday, 27th, Save The Badger and Badger Trust member, Pat Underwood, has opened a petition on the Welsh Assembly Government's website. Pat had previously handed in a petition with a large number of signatories to WAG but was told by the Clerk of the Petitions Committee that the "wording was wrong". She has now been advised by her AM, Christine Chapman, who is also Chair of the Petitions Committee, and her newly worded petition has now been accepted and can be found on the WAG website. The petition, Review the badger cull pilot scheme in North Pembrokeshire can be found here.

 

April

Thursday, 8th, Save The Badger, Brian May, and other opponents of WAG's plan to slaughter thousands of badgers in Wales, appeared in ITV Wales' documentary programme, Wales This Week, which was broadcast at 7.30pm. The documentary featured interviews with Brian May; John Evans; Pembrokeshire farmer, Celia Thomas, Secret World organiser, Pauline Kidner; as well as farmers and farmers leaders. Everyone at Save The Badger felt that the majority of people, from both sides of the agreement, featured in this excellent documentary all wanted a long term solution to the problem of tackling TB in cattle and by the end of the programme even some farmers seemed somewhat unsure a badger "cull" was the best solution. The one exception, perhaps, was the WAG Chief Vet who seemed intent on building on the infamy gained when, despite other options being available, she insisted on killing Shambo, the Holy Cow, and was now determined to kill thousands of badgers in Wales no matter what the evidence.


(Save The Badger offices – John Evans with ITV Wales' Wales This Week

Thursday, 16th, members of Save The Badger, were at the Civil Justice Centre, Cardiff to hear the result of the Badger Trust's application for a Judicial Review of WAG's decision to "cull" badgers. The legal challenge was unsuccessful and the judge decided that in regard to the legality of WAG's policy they were not acting unlawfully. It is important to remember, this was not a judgement of the scientific evidence and whether culling badgers was the most effective method of combating bovine TB. It was also not a judgement of the ethical implications or animal welfare issues surrounding the badger "cull". As we know the results of the majority of scientific research and evidence show that slaughtering badgers is not a justifiable way of dealing with the problem, and it is also cruel and barbaric. The court proceedings and it's impact were covered by ITV Wales and BBC Wales News. To read what Save The Badger said to the media in Cardiff about the judge's decision, please click on the image below.

 

May

Saturday, 1st, a new Save The Badger A5 leaflet and A4 poster is now available. 40,000 leaflets have been printed and a larger number of posters. Most organisations in Wales will be distributing them, but there are still numbers available, so please contact us if you are also able to help distribute them. A number of people have been instrumental in helping make this happen, so our thanks to all who have been involved in this project, and our particular gratitude to Pauline Kidner of Secret World, and Pat and Jeff Hayden of the Badger Trust for all your tireless efforts to save Welsh badgers. Please click on the images below to download and print a .pdf file of the leaflet and poster.


(Save The Badger A5 flyer, left, A4 poster, right)

Tuesday, 4th, the Badger Trust have notified the Welsh Assembly Government that they are to appeal against the Judge's decision not to allow a Judicial Review of the badger "cull". Save The Badger, support Badger Trust in their decision to appeal and we dearly hope that this new legal challenge will be successful. Surely, a 6% reduction in bovine TB (or anything else) cannot reasonably be described as "substantial"!? This legal challenge no doubt will be expensive, but every avenue should be tried and exhausted in the fight to save the lives of badgers. We ask all our supporters, and everyone who is able, to please click the Donations link in the menu at the side of the page and go to the Badger Trust website to make a contribution. We thank you, in anticipation of your support.

Tuesday, 11th, an advertising campaign to question, and draw attention to, the Welsh Assembly Government's (WAG) unscientific, unethical and cruel policy on badgers began with an advert in the Western Mail newspaper today, Tuesday, 11th May, 2010. The advertising campaign is aimed at everyone, from ordinary members of the public, to politicians, to farmers. Save The Badger believe that WAG's planned badger "cull" should be highlighted and challenged in every arena. We are also aware that the government are surprised at the determination we all have to fight their policy, and our willingness to give time, effort and financial resources to this campaign. To view the advert, please click on the image below.

 

 

 

 

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With the Welsh Assembly Government declaring that they intend carrying out the mass slaughter of Badgers within the next few months, time is of the essence. All those who oppose their actions need to start talking to each other. We need to join together. We need to plan a a coordinated response. And, we need to do that now!

Save The Badger was set up as an umbrella group to coordinate the campaign against the Welsh Assembly Government's plan to slaughter badgers by the thousand in Wales in early 2010. It will of course also fight any similar plans by the Westminster government or any of the other devolved powers in the UK.

Please take the time to look through the pages on our site.

 We will try to bring you any up to date information and news which is of particular relevance – if you want more general information, please go to one of the other sites where you will find a lot of background information.

We will also periodically feature the views and opinions of prominent individuals who oppose the WAG decision. We begin with a piece by Welsh writer and environmental activist, John Evans. This is a must read!

Don't forget, we want to hear your news, and we also want you views. We must unite together to fight this premeditated act of barbarity.

Please contact us by clicking the link at the side of the page.

"The evidence is that a badger cull on a scale or level of efficiency that seems feasible will not solve cattle farmers' problem – that problem is truly serious. Understandably, the feeling is that something must be done, but the evidence is that it should not be a badger cull." Sir David Attenborough

“We must not make badgers scapegoats for bovine TB”. Joanna Lumley

"I say no to this or any other badger cull and I urge all caring people to do the same. Get rid of ignorance, not badgers.” Benjamin Zephaniah

 

 

 

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