Fighting the Badger Cull with Team Badger

If you are opposed to the badger cull, then you are not alone. Care for the Wild is fighting against the badger cull alongside many of the country’s most well-known animal welfare charities, not to mention many small but dedicated organisations. All of us believe the same – the badger cull is wrong.

With so many organisations working together, we needed a name – and we needed someone who could lead us from the front. Luckily, that person stepped forward: Brian May!

Team Badger

Team Badger is a coalition of national, local and grass roots animal welfare organisations representing millions of compassionate citizens. We reject the government’s policy of badger culling as unsound, unscientific and unacceptable.

We believe the most effective and legitimate way to oppose the shooting of badgers is through peaceful and legal protest supported by reasoned argument, scientific facts and legal challenge.

We are convinced that the long-term control of tuberculosis in cattle can be achieved by the comprehensive application of a range of measures without resorting to the culling of wildlife. You can read more on the Team Badger website.

Brian May on the Badger Cull:

 Working with Team Badger

We joined Brian May and friends in London to launch the Team Badger – Stop the Cull Billboard – which was on the A4 near Earls Court and is a Clear Channels prime flagship sight – 130,000 vehicles pass by in each direction – every day!

We supported the Team Badger eGovt Petition, raising press awareness of it and promoting it via our eAlerts.The original target was a massive 100,000, which would force a debate in Parliament and we’re pleased to say that within just two weeks, thanks to massive public support we hit that figure! But it didn’t stop there – the petition eventually reached 304,000 before it closed, making it the biggest epetition ever.

Unfortunately, despite this, and despite MPs voting massively against cull, it still went ahead.

The Team Badger Billboard – when it was on the A4, Earls Court, London

Lobbying – National Trust

Care for the Wild also met with the National Trust, along with Brian May, the Humane Society International and the RSPCA amongst others to discuss their stance on the cull on their land.

At their AGM at the end of 2013, members put forward a motion to have badgers vaccinated on National Trust land, but the motion was beaten in controversial circumstances when Chairman Simon Jenkins used his bulk ‘proxy’ vote to defeat it.

At the moment the National Trust’s position is that their farmer tenants can decide. We want a stronger, clearer stance – their membership pays a subscription as they love nature.

You can read more here about the National Trust and the badger cull.

Lobbying – Soil Association

Care for the Wild, in partnership with the Humane Society International/UK, on behalf of Team Badger believe that the Soil Association, which certifies organic produce, should oppose the cull. We believe that many people buy organic produce because this suggests that higher-welfare standards have been applied in the production of food and/or crops.

We pushed the Soil Association for a meeting and finally discussed the issues of the cull with their CEO. We feel people who buy organic demand higher welfare and we want them to say no to the cull. They already openly prefer a system of vaccination and are against the cull, but will not force their suppliers to say no to the cull. We will continue to push them for a stance on this and continue to raise public awareness of this issue.

Read the feature in the Telegraph where Dominic Dyer from Care for the Wild talks about Soil Association and the badger cull.

Read Dominic Dyer’s Ecologist article on the Soil Association and the badger cull

Read the Soil Association statement on bovine TB

Mythbusters! New Team Badger Document…

A lot of things are being said to justify the cull – but are they true? Read Team Badger’s in-depth report Backing Badgers.