Last Updated on 4 November 2020 by Badger
BLOG FROM THE BADGER CULL FRONT LINE – FRIDAY 23 OCTOBER 2020
Thanks so much to everyone who’s shared their stories and thoughts as a result of reading this blog. It helps, in some way, to know we’re not alone in our roller-coaster ride of living in a cull zone.
Back in 2010, who’d have thought the Tories would be comfortable turning communities against each other in their drive to appease their small hard-core base that believes killing badgers en masse will solve the bTB problem?
So many people have experienced profound grief at the loss of ‘their’ badgers and have had to readjust their relationships with their neighbours when they’ve discovered which side of the fence they’re on – pro or anti-cull. Some divisions will never be healed yet others have found shared beliefs in the strangest of places.
As we all know, people are turning against dairy and beef for all sorts of reasons and participation in the badger cull is often described as ‘potential business suicide’. Hence the secrecy. But, as the badger culls expand, it’s almost impossible to keep it as secret as the Government and NFU would like.
Yet more footage, this time from Shropshire, of dead badgers thrown about by a bloke with his bum hanging out of his trousers reveals just how brutal the badger cull is. It’s almost impossible not to hate the farming industry, particularly as the industrialisation of farming is in on full show right now with deep ploughing, spreading of slurry, flailing of hedgerows, sheep with broken legs, and cows crammed into tight winter quarters to name a few things that make so many of us see red.
However, back to badger news from our garden. It is still only one, two or, very occasionally, three badgers that visit us instead of the five or six that used to come a couple of weeks ago. And their comings and goings are more sporadic. However, we have some exceedingly exciting news.
After they returned from holiday, my partner visited the landowners on whose land their sett is and discovered that they have REFUSED to participate in the cull despite heavy pressure from someone who did their best to recruit them. It is a big and extraordinary relief.
But as you can imagine, still leaves the spectre of a cull operative trespassing on their land. Or what if someone has (or is) targeting them on adjacent land that may or may not have signed up to the cull. Added to this, though, is that we’ve never bumped into a dodgy person (or people) on our nocturnal wanderings.
So, whilst we wait to try and detect a pattern in badger activity over the next few months, we will also be slowly working our way round all our local landowners to try and discover who’s killing badgers and who isn’t. Like many others, we feel it is our right to know what’s going on in our neighbourhood. Power to the people, as they say.
*Still no news at this time from Operation Cobb so we must assume that the badger cull in Somerset continues past the six weeks that it is supposed to have begun. We are not told until all zones are finished so at this stage no one has an idea if an area has finished the legal cull or any killing seen or heard is illegal. SO please call in anything that you believe is cull related to 101.