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Badger cull is 'ineffective, inhumane and unnecessary' says Vegan Society

Jimmy Pierce from the Vegan Society told ITV News today that the badger cull is 'ineffective, inhumane and entirely unnecessary.'

The Vegan Society are asking people to cut out dairy from their diet to remove the demand for cows milk and stop the need for badger culling.

Pictures of anti-culling protesters in Birmingham city centre

They gathered outside a meeting of the National Farmers' Union, and they say farmers exaggerate the harm caused by badgers to dairy cows Credit: ITV Central
The march was part of the Birmingham Wildlife Festival and protesters described themselves as the 'Badger Army' Credit: ITV Central
The campaigners marched from Centenary Square to St Philip's Cathedral, demanding badger culling be stopped Credit: ITV Central
Bill Oddie OBE attended the festival and spoke out for animal rights Credit: ITV Central

Hundreds march through Birmingham against badger culls

Protesters marched from Centenary Square to St Philip's Cathedral Credit: ITV Central

Hundred of protesters gathered in Birmingham city centre today to protest against planned badger culls.

The protesters gathered in Centenary Square, outside the annual conference of the National Farmers' Union (NFU). The NFU says badger culling is necessary to stop the spread of disease in dairy cows, but the protesters disagree.

They want the government to put a stop to badger culling altogether.


Flooding: warnings to be prepared this winter

Be prepared for flooding Credit: ITV News Central

The Environment Agency is warning of an increased risk of flooding this winter. After days of rain in recent weeks, the ground in many parts of the Midlands is saturated.

Figures show around 620 properties were flooded across the Midlands between April 2012 and March of this year. During the same period, the Environment Agency issued 432 flood warnings with more than three quarters of them between November and January.

To minimise the impact of potential floods on homes this year, workers are now clearing watercourses where there's been flooding in the past.

Staffordshire homeowners protest wind farm plans

More than 600 home owners in Staffordshire are protesting over a planning application to erect wind turbines close to their properties.

Residents of Aston Lodge Park, in Stone, say it's been fast tracked and say they were only given 14 days to file objections..

Staffordshire Borough Council say all legal requirements were met.

Wind turbines Credit: Stephen Pond/PA Wire/Press Association Images
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