Monday 22nd October 2012
Stop Tesco, the Badger Killers
22nd October 2012
The recent protest against the proposed killing for badgers will be repeated on Monday 22th October from 4pm at Tesco, 7 Angel Row, Nottingham, NG1 6HL, then 5pm-6pm around the corner on Maid Marian way.|
Marks and Spencer's, Waitrose and the Co-op will not sell milk from the cull zones, join us in encouraging shoppers not to buy their milk from shops like Tesco's that support the killing.
Over thirty campaigners protested outside a Tesco store in Nottingham on Thursday 27th September in a peaceful demo against the intended badger cull, which is scientifically flawed, unrepresentative of the public's views and morally reprehensible. There was a fantastic amount of public support throughout the day, with bus drivers giving thumbs up as they drove by and lots of interested shoppers stopping to ask what was happening. Morale was high amongst campaigners, and was boosted by free vegan samosas and cake from the wonderful Veggies! Indymedia report
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Despite over 130,000 votes on the petition to 'Stop the badger cull', calling on the government to cancel plans to kill badgers, Tesco's are amongst the supermarkets refusing to condemn the killing.
ITV Central held a poll on Thursday 27th September to find feeling towards the government's proposed badger cull as a measure to control the spread of Bovine TB. The results are an overwhelming majority at 92% against the cull, with just 8% saying they agree. In a ITV News report, animal activist says culling amounts to "species cleansing".
Apologies that Thursday's interview onRadio Nottingham was rescheduled to 7.50am. If you missed it listen again here.
Badger cull protesters target Nottingham city centre Tesco Express
ThisIsNottingham report 27-9-12
Animal rights activists have staged a protest outside a city centre branch of Tesco.
Protesters said they were angry at the supermarket chain for supplying milk from farms where badger culling takes place, and handed leaflets out to shoppers. Many donned badger hats and outfits for the occasion.
A Tesco spokesperson responded to the claims, saying: "Animal welfare is an important and sensitive issue for many of our customers and we take our responsibilities in this area very seriously.
"We are not for or against the culling trial but we recognise the significant threat that bovine TB poses to dairy farmers and their livelihoods.
"Therefore we believe it is for farmers to decide whether to take part in the cull. We want to support British farmers through this challenging time and will continue to buy from those who participate.”
See Central News video clip
The government is proposing to cull badgers in an attempt to reduce the spread of Bovine TB, which is a major problem for UK farmers.
Bovine TB is a strain of tuberculosis, an infectious disease usually affecting the lungs. It can be spread between cattle and other animals.
Although the culls will take place in two pilot areas, Somerset and Gloucestershire, the results from these trials will determine whether or not the culling scheme is rolled out to TB hotspots nationwide.
Nottingham Animal Rights are against badger culling because they say:
Nottingham campaigners say:
The government is once again doggedly sticking to a policy of animal cruelty with a flagrant disregard for overwhelming public opinion, making a mockery of our democracy"
– Nottingham Animal Rights
More ITV coverage of badger 'cull'
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The Guardian reports that the campaign against the cull is set to be the biggest animal rights protest since foxhunting was banned in 2004 and has united the country's biggest wildlife, countryside and animal welfare groups, hunt saboteurs and anti-vivisection campaigners.
The Coalition of Badger Action Groups has promised direct action to disrupt any cull: "We will be out in the fields before and during the cull, stopping and making citizen's arrests on marksmen/women when we can, filming, rescuing injured badgers and neutralising bait points when we find them."
A Free Party is announced for Saturday 29th September in the heart of the 'cull' area in Gloucestershire. The dawn to dusk night of fun and action takes place between Newent and the Forest of Dean.
On Sunday 2nd October groups and individuals of all kinds will be marching against the Tory Conference in Birmingham. Many hundreds of animal rights/wildlife campaigners are expected to march against the repeal of the hunting act, against the badger cull & for a wild animal circus ban (amongst other things!)
Meanwhile, in Nottingham, a protest planned for Thursday 27th September has been brought forward to 1pm to maximise support from lunchtime shoppers and workers on lunch breaks. Meeting at a badger campaign stall at the Lions at 12noon, the protest moves to Tesco's on Angel Row (opposite the Central Library) for 1pm, to highlight the failure of Tesco's to boycott milk from the cull zones.
Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs are also calling for anyone is interested in surveying potential cull zones to contact them.
Article from Nottingham Indymedia
Domestic cows can live to 20 years, however those raised for dairy rarely live that long, as the average cow is removed from the dairy herd around age four and may be marketed for beef; cows that can no longer be seen as an economic asset to the dairy farm may be sold due to reproductive problems or common diseases of milk cows such as mastitis and lameness.
Over 90% of all cows are killed for 4 main reasons:
Infertility - failure to conceive and reduced milk production.
Cows are at their most fertile between 60 and 80 days after calving. Cows remaining "open" (not with calf) after this period become increasingly difficult to breed, which may be due to poor health. Failure to expel the afterbirth from a previous pregnancy, luteal cysts, or metritis, an infection of the uterus, are common causes of infertility.
Mastitis - persistent and potentially fatal mammary gland infection, leading to high somatic cell counts and loss of production.
Mastitis is recognized by a reddening and swelling of the infected
Lameness - persistent foot infection or leg problems causing infertility and loss of production.
High feed levels of highly digestible carbohydrate cause acidic conditions in the cow's rumen. This leads to Laminitis and subsequent lameness, leaving the cow vulnerable to other foot infections and problems which may be exacerbated by standing in faeces or water soaked areas.
Production - some animals fail to produce economic levels of milk to justify their feed costs.
Production below 12 to 15 litres of milk per day are not economically viable.
... So, it's not just badgers that are killing cows then?
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