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Dreadful News For Badgers From 38 Degrees

Just in - Some awfully bad news form our friends a 38 Degrees asking us all to "Rethink The Badger Cull".


 

 "Dear Philip,

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”. [1]

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. [2]

People power can stop these plans. You’re one of the 70,000 of us who have already signed the petition to stop the cull. [3] 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. Can you forward this email to family and friends now, asking them to sign the petition here? https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/badgers-petition

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. [4]

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.

Please forward this email to family and friends. All they need to do is click here to add their name to the petition: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/badgers-petition

Thanks for being involved,

Becky, Cian, Hannah and the 38 Degrees team

PS: Need some more information about the badger cull? To read a round-up of reactions when the government launched the badger cull, click here: http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2011/07/19/badgers-trial-shoots-to-go-ahead/ And for a Q&A with the government’s chief vet, click here: http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2011/09/15/badger-cull-defras-chief-vet-responds/

NOTES [1] Badger cull to begin from June, Environment Secretary confirms: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/agriculture/farming/9828358/Badger-cull-to-begin-from-June-Environment-Secretary-confirms.html [2] After 10 years’ work, the Independent Scientific Group’s report on the link between bovine tuberculosis and badgers concluded that “badger culling can make no meaningful contribution to cattle TB control in Britain”. Read the full report here: http://archive.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/farmanimal/diseases/atoz/tb/isg/report/final_report.pdf Oxford academic Lord John Krebs led a government inquiry into the link between badgers and cow tuberculosis. He says of the government's plans: "I can't understand how anybody who's looked at the science would say this is a good idea." See more here: http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2011/07/19/badgers-trial-shoots-to-go-ahead/#update [3] Badger vote results - petition launched: http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2011/07/28/badger-vote-results/ [4] Great news: Government agree to protect our forests: http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2013/02/01/great-news-government-agree-to-protect-our-forests/ Lake District: good news http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2013/01/31/lake-district-good-news/  "

 

Please help save the badgers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

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