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United Kingdom controversial Badger cull officially starts this Bank Holiday Monday – 26th August
Badger cull zone injunction is granted in High Court
The cull zones are in Somerset and Gloucestershire
Badgers tracked by stills cameras
Badger cull date denied by police
Plan ‘to wipe out bovine TB by 2038’
An injunction has been granted to restrict people protesting against the badger cull.
The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) applied for the injunction, claiming some farmers have been intimidated and harassed and therefore need protection.
The High Court ruling means no protest will be allowed to take place within 100m of the homes, and within 25m of businesses, of anyone involved.
Lawful protest against the badger cull will still be allowed.
The High Court in London granted the injunction after several hours of negotiations over the wording of the injunction between protesters and the NFU.
NFU president Peter Kendall said after the hearing that the injunction was intended to prevent “unacceptable incidents of harassment”, and not to stop lawful protest.
Jay Tiernan, who was named in court as a representative of the Coalition of Badger Action Groups, said the ruling would not stop protests.
‘Very, very annoying’
“It will make absolutely no difference whatsoever,” he said. “We certainly do want to reduce the numbers of farmers involved.
“We like to think of ourselves as being very, very annoying.”
He added: “We will use every available piece of legislation we can to make their lives a misery.”
The injunction includes provisions preventing protesters entering private land without consent.
Anyone found to be in breach could face contempt of court proceedings.
Mr Kendall added: “For beef and dairy farmers dealing with TB on their farms, these badger culls are an essential part of the fight against this terrible disease.
“Opinion is divided so, while we recognise that not everyone agrees with the Government’s TB eradication policy and the need to cull badgers to start to reduce this disease in cattle, we do acknowledge their legitimate right to hold peaceful protests.
“What we cannot condone are the actions being used by extreme activists designed to harass, intimidate and threaten others.”
Culls are expected to start soon in the West Somerset and West Gloucestershire pilot zones.
The pilot cull will run over a six-week period. More than 5,000 badgers could be killed.
The cull will involve the animals being shot in the open by marksmen using high-velocity rifles. The badgers will not be trapped in cages first.
Supporters claim culling badgers is the only way to tackle TB in cattle, which they say is spread from infected badgers to livestock.
Opponents say culling badgers is inhumane and ineffective in controlling the disease.
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Badger culling in the United Kingdom
Web sites to just some of the UK organisations opposing the badger cull and the UK government – David Cameron is gonna have a bad time !
Badger Protection League = http://www.badgerprotectionleague.com/
Brian May’s Save Me = http://www.save-me.org.uk/
League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) = http://www.league.org.uk/content/643/Badger-Cull
Badger Trust = http://www.badger.org.uk/Content/Home.asp
E petition to the British government = http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38257
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) = http://www.rspca.org.uk/home
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United Kingdom controversial Badger cull officially starts this Bank Holiday Monday 26th August and important greyhound news (UK).
Please note there will be no Badger culls in ‘Scotland’ and ‘Wales’.
Please join this peaceful, law abiding group called ‘Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting’ and ‘Wounded Badger Patrol’– full contact details and info are here for you-
Please now read the latest articles below on the Badger cull set to go ahead this Monday. This is scandalous and barbaric. Despite the fight by many campaigners, celebrities and animal protection groups the UK government are still going ahead. Even some scientists have said this cull is mad science and will not eradicate the problem of TB in cattle. This is a senseless cull, thousands of Badgers will be murdered!!
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Badger cull start date set
Controversial badger culls in England, aimed at curbing TB in cattle, expected to begin on 26 August
· Damian Carrington
· theguardian.com, Wednesday 21 August 2013 12.34 BST
England’s controversial badger culls are set to begin on the night of 26 August, the Guardian has learned.
The start of the shooting of badgers, aimed at curbing tuberculosis (TB) in cattle, will come after an injunction sought by the National Farmers’ Union to ban certain protesters from farmland is heard in the high court.
The intended start date was given to the Guardian by sources within the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and elsewhere. The police are known to be preparing for the start date and cull opponents claim they have found new hair traps in the cull zones, which are used to estimate badger numbers ahead of the cull. A spokesman for Defra said: “The start dates are a matter for the culling companies.” The NFU, which represents the culling companies, declined to comment.
Rates of TB in cattle have increased significantly in recent years, with 28,000 cattle slaughtered in 2012 at a cost of £100m to taxpayers. Ministers and the NFU argue that culling badgers, which can transmit the disease, is a necessary part of action against the disease but eminent scientists have dismissed the culls as “mindless” and warn that they may make matters worse as badgers flee the shoots. The pilot culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset will see about 5,000 badgers killed if completed.
The NFU’s application for an injunction under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 names some individuals and is due to be heard in court on Thursday. NFU president, Peter Kendall, said: “We have applied for the injunction in response to various incidents of harassment and intimidation carried out against farmers and landowners by activists opposed to the badger cull.”
But Dr Chris Cheeseman, a scientist who took part in a landmark 10-year trial of badger culling and had his car windscreen smashed during that time, said the injunction was a mistake. “It’s a pretty desperate measure,” he said. “The injunction has enraged people and could be counterproductive.”
The start of the badger cull, postponed from 2012, is expected to result in the largest animal rights protests since the ban on hunting foxes with dogs and to see many people protest in the cull zones.
In July, the Observer revealed that the government has refused to publish risk assessments of danger to the public during the night-time badger shoots because doing so “could have an adverse affect upon the health and safety of the public”. The police have previously warned of the “clear potential for harm to public safety” but the location and timing of the culls has been kept secret, which campaigners say puts those vaccinating badgers or patrolling for wounded animals at grave risk.
Cheeseman said: “I think it is likely the police will call a halt to the culls if they get nervous about public safety.”
Earlier in August, the prime minister, David Cameron, said culling badgers was “quite simply … the right thing to do”, without which there would be “appalling consequences not just for the cattle and the farmers [but] also for the badgers”.
However, Prof Rosie Woodroffe, at the Institute of Zoology in London and also part of the team that conducted the 10-year culling trial said: “Cattle TB is a major problem for farmers but despite the urgent need to act, evidence suggests that badger culling is not an effective solution. Scientists agree that culling is unlikely to have major benefits for cattle TB control and risks making matters worse, and Defra predicts that the costs will outweigh any financial benefits.”
Analysis of government data by Prof Woodroffe has shown that because of uncertainty over badger population numbers, shooters could kill every badger in the cull zones but still not have killed enough to meet the minimum number required by their licence.
Badger cull zone injunction granted. An injunction is granted to restrict people protesting against the badger cull-
High court judge delivers order protecting badger cull farmers
Order bans protesters entering private land without permission, but activists say it will not stop them protesting in other ways
The Guardian, Thursday 22 August 2013 19.28 BST
A high court judge has made an order aimed at stopping farmers involved in badger culls being harassed and abused.
Mr Justice Turner granted an injunction at a high court hearing in London on Thursday after lawyers representing the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) said farmers had been targeted.
But one protester said the order would not stop protests and said demonstrators aimed to make the lives of farmers involved in badger culls “a misery”.
The order includes provisions preventing protesters entering private land without consent and protects farmers from threats and harassment. Anyone found to be in breach could face contempt of court proceedings.
NFU lawyers told the judge that in 2011 the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced that badger culling would be allowed in an attempt to prevent bovine tuberculosis (TB) in livestock.
They said pilot culls, postponed from 2012, were due to start soon in parts of Gloucestershire, Somerset and possibly Dorset.
Lawyers said farmers had already suffered “harassing activity”, which had increased in preparation for interference with the cull and outlined a number of incidents.
Peter Kendall, president of the NFU, said after the hearing that the injunction was not aimed at stopping lawful protest. He said it was intended to prevent “unacceptable incidents of harassment”.
Jay Tiernan, who was named in court as a representative of the Coalition of Badger Action Groups, said he did not condone unlawful harassment, but said the injunction would not stop protests.
“It will make absolutely no difference whatsoever,” he said after the hearing. “We certainly do want to reduce the numbers of farmers involved. We like to think of ourselves as being very, very annoying.”
He added: “We will use every available piece of legislation we can to make their lives a misery.”
Tiernan said many members of the public who would not class themselves as “animal rights activists” are opposed to the cull.
England’s badger culls are expected to begin on the night of 26 August, according to sources within Defra.
Police are known to be preparing for the start date and cull opponents claim they have found new hair traps in the cull zones, which are used to estimate badger numbers ahead of the cull.
Rates of TB in cattle have increased significantly in recent years, with 28,000 cattle slaughtered in 2012 at a cost of £100m to taxpayers.
Ministers and the NFU argue that culling badgers, which can transmit the disease, is a necessary part of action against TB but eminent scientists have dismissed the culls as “mindless” and warn that they may make matters worse as badgers flee the shoots. The pilot culls will see about 5,000 badgers killed if completed.
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