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That’s the maximum number of badgers that can be killed in this horrific extension of the Governments extermination policy.

Just think about that for a moment.

That’s more than the average attendance of Spurs home matches last season. Imaging the old White Hart Lane with the stands full of dead badgers. There will be vast swathes of the south west and Cheshire where badgers will be wiped out. Setts that have existed for hundreds of years will fall silent. This iconic species relegated to the pages of history, never to return.

I started this blog back in 2014 on the back of the original culls to highlight the injustice taking place in our countryside. Now, almost 4 years and 4 Defra secretaries down the line we’re still fighting the same fight.

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The original cull zones (the so-called trials) have been extended until who knows when and with a total of 19 zones you begin to get an idea of the scale of this extermination. There has been no improvement in bTB results (an insignificant reduction in Somerset, an increase in Gloucestershire and a huge increase in Dorset) and yet the Government are wildly blundering ahead with a failing and hugely expensive policy. An expensive policy that you, the tax payer are footing the bill for.

With this being the case you have to ask yourself why this is taking place. I’ve made my point of view patently clear on several occasions and anyone fighting against this grotesque and cruel policy will no doubt have a similar opinion by what they’ve seen first hand. The Government know it’s not going to work but the NFU want it and they will get whatever they want. Badgers (they believe) are a pain in the arse for their members. Being a protected species they can’t be killed legally (although many are illegally killed throughout the year) so this cull is a way to circumnavigate this law.

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If they were really concerned with disease control do you think this trap would be left in this state?

There’s no independent monitoring, any moronic bumpkin with a shotgun and a hatred for the wildlife on their land can sign up for the cull in the relevant areas. We’ve already seen time and again that biosecurity rules are being openly flouted. This is about killing as many as possible in the 6 weeks allotted time and bugger the rules. Farms in these zones are often a disgrace, slurry is spread on the fields, animal are kept in disgusting conditions and shooting estates have no livestock anyway, just game birds to protect.

To witness these events first hand is soul destroying. No amount of lobbying, petitions and words are going to change the fact that badgers are being killed now. Sab groups across the country are working their socks off, juggling work and private lives around saving as many lives as possible, taking the action needed night and day in all weathers, whatever the personal and financial cost. The Wounded Badger Patrollers are out there walking the footpaths at night to dissuade shooters. Local people are getting involved where they can but we need more. There can never be enough. Perhaps if you’re reading this you may consider getting in touch with your local sab group and lending a hand. You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to, but boots on the ground are more important now that ever before.

The cruelty is making the front page in mainstream nation news (Mirror, Sun) and no doubt more will be published soon. In years to come when your children or perhaps grandchildren look back on these dark times for British wildlife and our countryside is a barren monoculture devoid of all wild things will you sit there and regret you did nothing to stop this travesty or will you explain to them you were part of a small but dedicated band of people who stood up to the immorality of the situation and took on the souless men with guns and a Government driven by greed and defeated them with compassion and the will to do the right thing?

“The only thing necessary for the truimph of evil is that good men (and women) do nothing”.

Get out there. Help f*ck some sh*t up.

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Stop the Cull

As of midday 19th October 2016 all culls had finished. I took a very short break from writing this blog to just gather my thoughts and this will only be a short update.

It was quite an odd feeling getting the message on my phone while being at work, looking round for people to tell and then realising my badger protecting brothers and sisters were all elsewhere, some still in the fields. Only those people would understand how I felt and the impact it had had on our lives for the last few months.

After some calculations it was estimated that our group alone had covered over 7500 km on foot, up hill and down dale, through all sorts of undergrowth and in all weathers. Our drivers covered much, much more. Surviving on bread, humus and energy drinks, we’d hunted badger killers through the night, we’d responded to calls from the Wounded Badger Patrollers, we’d rescued animals, seen the gory remains of what some people call fun and witnessed the brutality of mans dominion over the wildlife that surrounds us. This isn’t such a green and pleasant when to delve deeper and away from prying eyes. It’s fucking hostile enough just surviving without the constant pressure of man.

I have no doubt in my mind we’ve made a pretty big dent in the intentions of the killers but the feeling was perfectly summed up by someone who operated in the Gloucestershire zone and then moved over to North Cots where I met and spoke to them.

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Average Joe.

Now it’s all over the cullers will be patting themselves on the back and telling tales like the Plymouth Herald article about outwitting us “sabs” but let me just remind them.

You killed badgers you fucking morons, not terrorists with guns and bombs but little badgers. You didn’t outwit trained professionals you occasionally got the better of a rag tag bunch of average joes with enough compassion in their hearts to go out day and night unpaid to put a dent in your efforts. As for your so called success. I’m going to take a guess here based on what we have been given number wise. In 6 weeks you averaged less than three badgers each in Gloucs. 3 !! If it were 30 I’d be less than impressed. If I had the will I could manage a dozen a night with a fucking pea shooter and a candle. So go and get hard at your little achievement when really you should be holding your heads in shame. You got sold a lie by the NFU .

Sabs, Average Joe’s and all the rest of you that did your bit to slow the killing down I salute you.

We will of course be back next year and every year after that for as long as it takes.

Now I’m going to move on as the main fox hunting season draws near and the last few cubbing meets have to be dealt with.

Yup, it’s that time of year again when morons with inadequacy issues get their guns out and try to make themselves feel worthy by blasting poor old Brock in the face with a shotgun from point blank range in a cage or cracking open the .243 and pretending to be a sniper as they bang away at pre-determined bait points at an animal whose only crime is to be a protected species with a liking for peanuts.

I’ve written at length previously over the lunacy that is the badger cull and you’ll find me out in the fields day and night trying to save as many lives as possible in the time I have available. What still amazes me are the discussions regarding Bovine TB which is, the Government claim (or should that be NFU) the overriding justification that Badgers are being slaughtered in their hundreds. The evidence that Badgers are not to blame and the cull is a pointless, cruel and very expensive is so overwhelming that if I wrote it all down my fingers would be left as nothing more than bloody stumps on a mangled keyboard. The fact that Defra saw fit to justify extending the cull to Dorset only goes to prove what I’ve claimed all along.

This is a systematic species eradication program.

Defra also released details of their future plans for the licensing requirements. This plan would effectively make the Protection of Badgers Act pointless as anyone could pretty much kill Badgers when and how they liked. Remember, the trials are to see if free shooting is a viable method to kill badgers, not to see if killing them reduces TB (which it doesn’t as recent figures show TB rates in the cull zones and surrounding areas have gone up). The costs are astronomical, over £7000 per badger? To prove how desperate the NFU are to get this done they’re paying the killers a cool five grand a pop, I’d imagine you could get a fair few woolly shirts, flat caps and Barbour jackets with that lot, maybe even get a date with your more attractive cousin. They’re also offering half price insurance to those who allow the killing to take place on their land. A no brainer for someone who sees animals as commodities and wildlife is just something that gets in the way or perhaps something to have some sport with.

My usual stamping ground of Gloucestershire has been left in very capable hands and I’m please my comrades down there have had a lot of success in stopping the killing. I’ve been active in Dorset where they required some people with experienced in these matters and I was only too pleased to help out. Obviously there’s lots of work to do and we’re getting there but it seems the police are a little slow in the learning process. On the first year of the cull the police were over eager to say the least and spent loads of time harassing sabs and Wounded Badger Patrollers alike while supporting and escorting the killers. They learned their lesson and were much better and even handed in the second year so it was hoped these experiences would be passed along to the Dorset police.

I hoped wrong.

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They’re making all the same mistakes again, they’re acting like hired security for the NFU gunmen and constantly after intel on what we’re doing and who we are rather than sitting back and letting things happen and making sure everyone is safe. I’ve had shots being fired very close by already, it can be a bit unnerving but to be honest my only concern is saving the lives of Badgers and I’ll do what ever it takes to achieve those ends. We’re well organised and well equipped, we have night vision and thermal imagers and we know which farms have signed up. I’ve also got a fucking great big torch which makes me feel ever so macho!

What we really need more than anything is more people to get involved. The Government depend on apathy from the general public. Revolutions and change weren’t build on watching reality TV and supping tea in the comfort of your front room. If everyone who signed a petition went out just for one night the cull would be impossible to implement. If you’re reading this and thinking you can’t make a difference then think again.

You really can.

This is just the thin end of the wedge. It’s time to stand up and be counted for our wildlife while we still have something to fight for.

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