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September 19, 2012

Working Together to Help Protect Badgers

Humane Society International/UK

  • HSI's Mark Jones with members of Team Badger, including Brian May, at an event in Bristol. JoeMurphy/RSPCA

  • HSI's Mark Jones with Brian May at a Team Badger event in London. Peter van den Berg

  • Brian May speaks at a Stop the Cull event in Bristol. JoeMurphy/RSPCA

  • Badgers are under great threat. Stuart Matthews

by Mark Jones

Humane Society International/UK has joined with a number of other leading UK-based animal welfare organisations to form Team Badger.

The group, which includes the League Against Cruel Sports, RSPCA, Save Me and others, is working together to stop the needless slaughter of badgers in England.

HSI’s team has spoken at a number of events across the south west of England recently, including within the proposed pilot cull area in west Gloucestershire, sharing platforms with local politicians, farmers and residents opposed to the cull.

Shooting huge numbers of badgers at night will not solve the problem of TB in cattle, and it won’t help farmers. What it will do is decimate badger populations and cause untold suffering to many thousands of individual badgers.

HSI/UK is challenging the government through the Bern Convention.

Stop the Cull e-petition

Dr Brian May, Queen guitarist and founder of animal welfare organisation Save Me, has launched an e-petition titled “Stop the Cull”. E-petitions are a UK government initiative, and those that attract more than 100,000 signatures will be considered for debate by Members of Parliament in the House of Commons.

HSI/UK is proud to work alongside its partners in Team Badger. As Brian May said at the launch of a billboard poster to promote the Stop the Cull e-petition:

“The most powerful animal organisations in the UK have united to oppose this inhumane and misguided cull of badgers. It’s scientifically, practically, and ethically indefensible and it is against the wishes of the majority of people of this country.”

Mark Jones is executive director of Humane Society International/UK.

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