One of the Wounded Badger Patrols out in the Forest of Dean area on Wednesday 24th July.
25th July 2013
Public Join Night Patrols in Response to Inhumane Badger Cull
Volunteers from both Gloucestershire and other areas of the country are coming forward to join Wounded Badger Patrols that will walk public footpaths during the cull to look for injured animals. The Patrols are being co-ordinated by local campaign group Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting (GABS) and will cover most of the planned cull zone when shooting starts.
One of the aims of the government’s pilot culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset is to see whether they are humane, as this has never been done before. Through a report released last month, DEFRA has said that it expects a number of animals to be wounded but not killed. The report sets out that shot, but conscious badgers will be left in order to allow the shooters to carry on killing other badgers. These animals are then expected to die from infection or starvation.
Jeanne Berry, a spokesperson for GABS said “When we read the DEFRA report we knew many people could not just stand by and do nothing. We have had a good and heart-warming response from many people right across the countries that are prepared to help us when the shooting starts. Badgers could still benefit from more local people joining the patrol.
For more information call 01452 813168 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to join one in their area.”
The Wounded Badger Patrols will involve people walking legally on public footpaths near to where shooting will have taken place and all volunteers must agree to acting peacefully and within the law.
Media Contact: Liz Gaffer 07789 320983 email@example.com
Notes to editors:
1) Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting is a group of volunteers within Gloucestershire who have concern about the Badger Cull. Volunteers within the group agree to act peacefully and within the law.
2) Copy of the redacted DEFRA document setting out details of the approach to measuring humanness
UPDATE on August 19: