They say up to 10,000 animals face slaughter. The government says it is necessary before being phased out.
Anti-badger cull campaigners have vowed to disrupt the licensed killing of thousands of animals in the Devon countryside over the next few weeks.
Devon and Cornwall Against the Badger Cull took its message of protest to the doors of the government agency tasked with carrying out the Bovine TB control operations.
Members gathered outside the Animal and Public Health Agency HQ in Exeter where they held banners saying killing badgers does not stop the spread of the disease.
The debate about whether badgers are responsible for infecting cattle has split opinion among farmers, the public and scientists for years.
The group say members will do all they can to legally disrupt the shooting of badgers on land around Silverton and Poltimore which is currently ongoing, including going out every night and encroaching within a 400-metre safety zone.
Jake Dabner, a member of the group, said: “They can’t shoot the animals if somebody is within 400 metres. There is nothing illegal about what we are planning to do.
“They can’t shoot the animals if somebody is within 400 metres. There is nothing illegal about what we are planning to do.”Jake Dabner
“We are a local group that is going out every night to stop the shooting. We will get as close as safely possible on the public footpaths and lanes.
Original publication 16 September, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 30th September 2020
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