A peaceful, family friendly protest against the government’s unpopular badger cull, which will return to Somerset and Gloucestershire this summer, will take place in Dorchester on Saturday.
Organised by Dorset for Badger and Bovine Welfare, the event welcomes people of all ages to take part in a walk through the town centre. Speakers will include leading anti-cull spokesperson Dominic Dyer and Dorset Badger Vaccination Project.
The public have shown time and again that they are dead against these culls and the science has shown that they are a waste of time, money and lives. We encourage people to join us for the march in Dorchester and to get actively involved in protecting badgers and bovines by stopping the cull and promoting vaccination of badgers, improved biosecurity on farms and stricter cattle movement controls”.
– Andrew Butler from DBBW
I’ve worked in the agriculture and food industry for most of my career, and this is the worst agricultural policy I’ve seen in 30 years. I’m sympathetic to farmers, but culling badgers simply won’t work. Ordinary people from around the country have come out to protest against this barbaric cull, and we’re looking forward to seeing many of them come to Dorchester."
– Dominic Dyer, CEO of the Badger Trust
The event takes place between 12-3pm, starting in Borough Gardens before marching down High West Street, with speeches in South Street.
Video. A Dorset farmer who campaigned for the badger cull to be extended into the county has spoken of his despair at the discovery of TB on his farm. Paul Gould, from West Stour, began the heart-breaking task of loading a quarter of his prize cattle onto a lorry to be taken off for slaughter.
Eli-Louise Wringe spent the day on his farm and has this report.
Police are appealing to the public for information after the entrance of a badger sett was set on fire on the Isle of Wight. It happened at St Boniface Down and reported to police on March 31. It appears that petrol was poured into the sett.
Sergeant Richard Stapleton who is investigating said: “We’d like to hear from you if you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area over the past few days."
A red plastic petrol container was left behind at the scene. The person responsible may have suffered injuries.
Wildlife groups will gather at a wildlife hospital near Chichester today to voice their opposition to the badger cull. Pilot culls to combat bovine TB are due to take place in Somerset and Gloucestershire later.