Somerset & Devon and Cornwall Against the Badger Cull
November 2016
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Welcome

Hi <<First Name>>

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.

Protest outside of Natural England offices

Devon and Cornwall Against The Badger Cull (DCABC) recently organised a protest that was held outside of Natural England's offices in Exeter and had questions it wanted answered. Natural England is the body that licences the badger cull.
The story was covered by ITV and you can read it here.  The questions and photos from the event can be found here.

Christmas cards for badgers

Once again Somerset Against The Badger Cull is selling some specially commissioned Christmas cards to raise some much needed funds.  This year's design features badgers in a balloon escaping the cull zone :-)  We also have a limited number of the blank greetings cards featuring the design by Sam Cannon showing a badger on a gold background.  Cards are on sale for £2.00 each or 3 for £5.50 plus p&p/fees.

We also have a number of the Sam Cannon prints available at a reduced rate of £30.00, again subject to p&p/fees. 

If you'll like to order any items, drop us an email and we'll work out a price for you.

Sett surveying training in South Hams

South Hams Oppose The Badger Cull began its sett surveying training at the end of October.

A good number of people turned out to learn how to identify a badger sett, how to record your findings and what to look out for in terms of badger persecution.

A great afternoon was had by all and many Oreos were eaten!

The next training session will meet at Cockington Court on Saturday 26 November near the house at 11am.  Children are welcome.

To find out more, please send the group a message via its Facebook page.

Petition Parliament to stop the badger culls

Petition created by Simon King OBE

This petition will run until 25 February 2017 so there is still time to sign it if you haven't already done so.  It requires 100,000 signatures to be considered for debate in Parliament.  At the time of sending, the number of signatures stood at 62,566. (37,434 still required).
As well as signing it yourself, please share it with family and friends and your social media pages.  
Don't forget that you haven't actually signed the petition until you click the confirmation link that gets emailed to you.

Government's response to Simon King's e-petition at the 10,000 signature point

The Government's response to the badger cull e-petition is misleading ... to say the least!  Click the image above to read more.

Bovine TB not passed on through direct contact with badgers, research shows

Contact comes through contaminated pasture and dung, with significant implications for farming practices 

Badgers and cattle never came into close contact during a new field study examining how tuberculosis (TB) is transmitted between the animals.

Most TB in cattle is contracted from other cattle but some infections come

from badgers. The new research indicates that the disease is not passed on by direct contact, but through contaminated pasture and dung, with potentially significant implications for farm practices such as slurry spreading.  Read more.

Forthcoming events

Keep an eye on the social media pages for events as they're announced.
Sett surveying training session in South Hams on Saturday 26 November.  See the article earlier in this newsletter.

Chester March Against The Badger Cull, Saturday 10 December meeting at Chester Town Hall at 1pm.  
More details can be found on the event Facebook page.
For all Team Badger events click here.

Groups and sites we like!

We're sure you will too so why not check them out?

Somerset Badger Group
Devon Badger Group
Secret World Wildlife Rescue
Badger Action Netwok (BAN)
Badger Trust
Badgergate
Team Badger
Vets and Vet Nurses Against the Badger Cull

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