VIDEO: March to protest against badger cull

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Dozens of people have marched through Kettering to protest against a pilot badger cull in the south west of England.

The protest, which included a candle lit vigil and prayers for dead badgers, took place yesterday (Monday, September 23).

Stop the badger cull protestors meet in Kettering town centre for a march and candlelit vigil on Monday, September 23

Stop the badger cull protestors meet in Kettering town centre for a march and candlelit vigil on Monday, September 23

The Government has implemented a six-week cull in Somerset and Gloucestershire in a bid to cut the rate of bovine tuberculosis in cattle.

But Dominic Dyer, policy director at Care for the Wild International, who spoke at the march, said Government tactics were wrong.

He said: “The culls are not going well. We believe only a few hundred badgers have been killed.

“This sort of grassroots exercise has developed over the last month or so. We are just trying to draw attention to this issue. The reaction we are getting from people is really good.”

Organiser of the Kettering protest, Vicki Rose, added: “It’s morally wrong and disgusting what they (the Government) want to do.

“I am amazed at how everyone has come together in standing up for the badgers.”

She also said she was thrilled turnout was at least double her prediction of 30, with protestors coming from as far afield as Stoke and Coventry.

A spokesman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: “The purpose of the pilot culls is to test if the method of controlled shooting by marksmen is safe, humane and effective at removing enough badgers to have a long term impact on levels of bovine TB.

“The cull will be carried out by trained marksmen who have passed a Government-approved training course. The cull will be monitored to check its humaneness, safety and effectiveness.

“Vaccination does not cure sick badgers, so it would not stop infected badgers continuing to spread the disease for years ahead.”