“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is a success”
Henry Ford (1863-1947) was obviously talking about industry, but his mantra can equally be applied to the work done by members of Somerset Against The Badger Cull (SABC) over the last five years.
We started our opposition to the badger cull in 2012 in the hope that the preliminary badger culls in West Somerset during 2013 would stop before they began. And we kept together through thick and thin during the first crazy year of culling in West Somerset in 2013.
Since then, we have worked together successfully during the subsequent culls of 2014, 2015 and 2016. In this time, we saved unknown yet countless badgers as well as lifting the lid on the chaos, unscrupulous behavior and criminal activity that occurs during and after each cull period. We have kept the cull operatives and cull companies on their toes and our presence in the Somerset countryside is a constant reminder that the majority of the general public is against the badger cull.
Sadly, despite all the scientific, moral and ethical opposition to the badger cull, the Government bowed to pressure from the farming industry to increase the culls into two other areas of Somerset in 2017.
However SABC rose to the challenge and expanded its operations into the new zones.
Although the mainstream media interest has waned, we have grown in strength to recruit more active members in order to monitor badger activity, cull operations and badger persecution further afield.
The cull is nothing but a political manoeuvre to keep a few members of the rural community quiescent. It is not helping farmers and the further we go, the more farmers we find who have been bullied into taking part in a cull that they do not believe in.
This is our pledge to the badgers of Somerset. We will not forget you. We will not desert you. And to those of you who’ve yet to take the first active step to stand up for badgers, conservation, morality and science – join us.
You will find walking with a purpose in the Somerset countryside is a joy.
So make a commitment and email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
BREAKING! – The 2017 badger cull in Somerset has now ended! This means that any badger persecution that you may come across is completely illegal regardless of whether the offence has taken place in a ‘cull zone’ or not, so please do make sure to report any incidences to the Police.
We’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped to protect Somerset’s badgers this year. There will be badgers alive today because you chose to stand up for badgers, conservation, and science. Watch our video here.
With the cull now over, we’ll be switching our efforts back to sett checking and surveying. There’s always so much to do, so if you’d like to join us, or any of the other groups, you’ll find all the contact details you need on this site.
Two new badger cull zones have been announced for Somerset. The minimum kill target for these two new zones is 2,177 and the maximum has been set at 2,953.
This is in addition to the targets for the original West Somerset badger cull zone that has been given a five-year supplementary licence.
This means that up to 3,563 Somerset badgers could be killed between now and 31 January.
For us that means we could be facing many months of continuous culling. However, many of us are actually out in the zones year round, checking on known setts and finding new ones and generally keeping an eye out for illegal badger persecution and other wildlife crime.
Sadly there will now be 21 zones in operation. You can read the letters of authorisation and view the licences for the 19 zones (excluding the original West Somerset and West Gloucestershire zones) here.
But we remain undeterred, we’re growing in number and we continue to stand up for badgers, conservation and science.
Have a look around our website to find out how you can help.
More than ever our badgers need boots on the ground. Please contact us if you’d like to get involved.