Anti Badger Cull Demo In Dorchester
9:18am 17th May 2014
(Updated 12:58pm 17th May 2014)
Badger campaigners in Dorset are using a protest march to encourage landowners to sign up for a vaccination programme, today.
Protestors are marching through the county town before launching a festival in borough Gardens this lunchtime (Saturday 17th May).
Dorset escaped being named a culling zone last month when DEFRA announced pilot culls in neighbouring counties were largely unsuccessful.
Andrew Butler from Dorset Badger and Bovine Welfare says there are effective ways to combat the disease that doesn't involve shooting the animals;
"We wanna make sure as many landowners and as many farmers as possible sign up to have the badgers on their land vaccinated and this is something that can be done at cost or even for free, for those who really need it."
"What we need is stricter cattle movement controls, improved bio-security on farms and a programme of vaccinating badgers. We're not only doing this to help protect our wildlife, but also to improve conditions for farmed animals as well."
Today's festival in Dorchester's Borough Gardens will have food stalls and entertainment and kicks off from 1:30pm.