The dedicated campaigning work by Network for Animals, our friends in Team Badger and a number of committed anti-cull MPs means that a debate in parliament has been secured for the 25th October. This would not have happened without the 156,000 people who signed the e-petition against the cull and the thousands of people who took the time to write to their MP.
As pressure mounts on the Government to rethink their misguided policy, which will allow the mass culling of badgers by ‘free shooting’ in two parts of England as a means of controlling TB in cattle, Network for Animals are calling on supporters to again write to their MP and ensure that they will attend the debate this Thursday.
The controversial culling of badgers has faced fierce criticism from the scientific and animal welfare communities as well as from huge numbers of the general public. The anti-cull movement has gained momentum in recent weeks as the cull looked likely to begin in mid-late October, however, an eleventh hour legal challenge by the Badger Trust on the legality of the licensing process administered by Natural England appears to have temporarily delayed the start of the cull. Moreover, reports last week that the badger population counting revealed double the numbers of badgers Government officials expected in the cull zones has sparked fears of the spiralling costs of the badger cull to the farmers footing the bill.
People power has played a vital role in raising awareness of this issue; badger Night Walks and candlelit vigils in the cull zone have helped foster solidarity amongst the communities directly affected by the free shooting of badgers, while high profile actions such as the badger dance flash mob outside Parliament on Sunday have sent a clear message that people from all walks of life are prepared to publicly express their opposition to the cull in ever more creative ways.
Network for Animals are asking supporters to join this collective effort and write to their MP today. To ensure this debate gets as much attention as possible, we are also inviting dedicated supporters to join Network for Animals and Team Badger for a Lobby of Parliament on 24th October. This involves coming to Westminster’s Central Hall and requesting to see your MP in person to discuss the cull, between 12.30pm and 4.30pm on Wednesday 24th October, alongside many other badger lovers and campaigners. Please get in touch with us for more information if you would like to attend.