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Badger culling protest to pass through town

Undated Handout Photo of a badger. To minimise the risk of badger and fox damage, you need to have a healthy lawn. See PA Feature GARDENING Gardening Column. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Mike Hughes via Badger Trust. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature GARDENING Gardening Column. SUS-140429-101254003

Undated Handout Photo of a badger. To minimise the risk of badger and fox damage, you need to have a healthy lawn. See PA Feature GARDENING Gardening Column. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Mike Hughes via Badger Trust. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature GARDENING Gardening Column. SUS-140429-101254003

A peaceful, family-friendly protest walk against the government’s badger cull, which will continue this summer, will take place in Eastbourne on Saturday, July 5.

Organised by Maxine Spilsted and supported by national wildlife charities Care for the Wild and the Badger Trust, the event welcomes people of all ages to take part in a walk through Eastbourne town centre. Speakers will include leading anti-cull spokesperson Dominic Dyer.

Maxine Spilsted said, “I’m just an ordinary person who happens to love animals and was concerned about the badger cull. I started reading everything I could find on the cull and on alternatives like badger vaccination, and I’ve concluded that the cull is totally unjustified and unnecessary. I’ve become a strong advocate of vaccinating badgers because it can be done effectively and cheaply – it can cost as little as £25 per badger, compared to £4,121 per badger which it cost during the cull last year.

“The badger cull is due to start again this summer, which will come as a surprise to many because they think it was called off. Unfortunately, that’s not true, so I’d urge any animal lovers to join us in Eastbourne, and also to sign petitions asking Eastbourne Borough Council and East Sussex County to prohibit culling and advocate vaccination on their land.”

Dominic Dyer, of the Badger Trust and Care for the Wild, said, “Culling badgers simply won’t work. Ordinary people from around the country have been coming out to protest against this barbaric cull for a year now, and we’re looking forward to seeing many of them come to Eastbourne.”

The protest will start at 1pm outside Lloyds TSB in Terminus Road. To sign the petition, visit http://epetition.eastsussex.public-i.tv/epetition_core/community/petition/2507.

 

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