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Feb 6th, 2013

Badgers are back in danger

By Ortensia Littlewood

Badgers are back in the news – and back in danger. The government has confirmed that the badger cull will “definitely be going ahead this summer”.

We knew the badger cull would be back on the agenda sooner or later. The autumn delay was just a holding tactic. Now thousands of badgers could die, despite the scientists saying the evidence is shaky.

People power can stop these plans.  70,000 of us who have already signed the petition to stop the cull.  But amazing as that number is, we can do better.

A huge petition is key to persuading the government that this is one issue they can’t sweep under the carpet. Have you signed the petition? If no click here and then please share with your friends and family.

The government want this decision to be low-key. They won’t want a repeat of the outcry that forced them into an embarrassing retreat in the autumn. So let’s show them that we’re still against the cull – and still working to stop it.

The government have some powerful allies – but we know that people power works. In the last two weeks alone, 38 Degrees members have acted together to save the Lake District from a nuclear dump, and made sure our forests remain in public ownership.

Badgers have been part of the British countryside for generations,and we want to protect them for generations to come. If we’re going to stop the cull, numbers count – and the petition needs to grow. The bigger it gets, the more chance we have of persuading the government that they should change their minds.

All they need to do is click here to add their name to the petition.

Need some more information about the badger cull? To read a round-up of reactions when the government launched the badger cull, click here.
And for a Q&A with the government’s chief vet, click here.

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