Campaigners turn sights on badger cull

Activists who claim to have scuppered Britain’s first super-dairy will decide today whether to campaign against the government’s badger cull plans.

The 38 Degrees campaign group is due to announce its decision following an online discussion on Wednesday (27 July).

Co-founded by millionaire Gordon Roddick – a graduate of the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester – the group claims to have 800,000 members.

Members have been debating the merits of a badger cull to combat bovine tuberculosis in cattle for more than a week.

More than 200 responses have been posted on the 38 Degrees website. Activists have also been exchanging views on the group’s Facebook page.

“Culling is not the way,” posted member Paula Carrier. “It is proven to not to work, causes incredible suffering to the animals and is a knee-jerk reaction from the government.

“Inoculation is the way, not senseless slaughter.”

But another member, Vanessa Garrett, wrote: “Why do so many people care about badgers being culled but don’t care a jot about the number of cattle being culled?”

Previous campaigns by 38 Degrees include one against plans for Britain’s first super-dairy and another against the government’s forestry sell-off.

More than 60,000 people signed a Stop the Factory Farm petition against the 3,770-cow dairy herd proposed for rural Lincolnshire.

The dairy farm proposal was eventually withdrawn earlier this year after developers decided they couldn’t meet Environment Agency requirements.

Similarly, more than 500,000 38 Degrees members signed up to a Save Our Forests petition.

The campaign helped force DEFRA secretary Caroline Spelman to abandon government plans to sell off publicly-owned woodlands.

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