Anti-badger cull protestor to march 100 miles

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An anti-badger cull protester will march more than 100 miles to raise awareness of the ‘brutal and cruel’ policy.

The Great Badger Trail will highlight alternative ways to tackle TB in cattle – which the government claim is spread by badgers.

Jessie Daniels, from Cantley, has enlisted the support MP, Rosie Winterton who has also called on the government to abandon the cull.

Mrs Daniels, 66, will join dozens of other campaigners on the 10-day walk from Gloucester to London.

They will set off tomorrow (May 22) and visit various towns, including Witney in Prime Minister David Cameron’s constituency, before arriving at Speakers Corner, London, on May 31 – the day before the culls are due to start again – and finally to Westminster.

Mrs Daniels said: “The Great Badger Trail shows the strength of feeling that exists about this policy and the determination of anti-cull campaigners to oppose it.

“It’s important to show people that the badger cull is unscientific, inhumane and costly. Allowing the slaughter of a protected species, in the name of a disease it is not responsible for spreading, is not acceptable in a civilised society.”

The cull, which took place in Gloucestershire and Somerset last year, remains hugely contentious.

Farmers and the government insist it is needed to stop spiralling rates of TB in herds, but people opposed to the measure say that cases of TB have fallen during the last three years and that alternative options exist.

Doncaster Central MP Rosie said: “The government’s divisive badger cull will cost more than it saves and will spread bovine TB in the short term as badgers are disturbed by shooting.

“We need a science-led policy to manage cattle movements better and a vaccine to tackle TB in cattle. Ministers should listen to the scientists and drop this cull which is bad for farmers, bad for taxpayers and bad for wildlife.”

Rosie has called on the government to abandon the policy.

She added: “I am clear that to press ahead with further culls would not only be unscientific, but irresponsible and reckless.”

Jessie’s progress can be monitored on The Great Badger Trail Facebook page.