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With the 2016 cull finally over in all areas, we'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who's helped out in any way in any of the zones.
The Government has yet to release the numbers of badgers killed. It's expected that this will be just before the Christmas recess in order to limit publicity and questions in the House. As time has gone by, more and more of us have realised that the badger cull is a horrific example of Government policy endorsing a brand of populism which is sadly rooted in ignorance, prejudice, fear and isolationism. One thing is certain - action of whatever kind helps badgers. It ensures that the shameful killing of a native species for no good reason at all remains controversial. And it shows we care about our wildlife, science and conservation. So whether you've been with us since Year 1, or if this year has been your first, thank you again. None of this could have happened without you!
Sadly just because the cull is over, it doesn't mean that the work is over. Once again we'll be out in the field checking on known setts and surveying in new areas. We have already found positive signs of badger activity in the heart of each zone. So If you'd like to get involved with sett checking and/or surveying, keep an eye on these newsletters and on the social media pages. Individual groups will now be arranging training opportunities or group days out to do this vital work. We will also work on how best to consolidate and move forwards to ensure that our badgers receive as much protection as they deserve.
With Christmas fast approaching, Somerset Against The Badger Cull has once again commissioned some Christmas cards to help raise vital funds to help us to re-check the Somerset cull zone and to help survey new areas. Your support would be much appreciated so to order, see the article in this newsletter.