Badger Welfare Group Ask The NFU To Show Them Love On Valentines Day
8:32am 14th February 2014
Watch out for lifesize badgers asking local farmers to save their lives and be their valentines in Dorchester today (14th of February).
Supporters of Dorset for Badger and Bovine Welfare will be visiting the National Farmers Union Offices at noon dressed up in badger costumes to make their hand-made delivery.
They're asking for the NFU to not back a cull in Dorset this year, after fears a cull could be imminent as Dorset's Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said it was looking 'increasingly likely'.
Andrew Butler, Dorset for Badger and Bovine Welfare member, spoke to Wessex FM about the unusual protest, "The NFU have been lobbying really hard for a mass cull of badgers despite the fact that scientific evidence and trial culls have shown that it's really a nightmare for, not only the badgers, but also the cows that they're supposedly trying to protect."
He added that they were pushing for vaccinations and that as local farmers would have to pay most of the costs if a cull did come to Dorset they could offer it as a cheaper option, "it's a more scientifically valid option and a more humane option to opt for vaccination. There's provision from the Dorset Badger Vaccination Project to provide that either at cost, or free."