Badger cull: ‘animal activists are turning high-tech in their campaign’

Posted on October 21, 2012

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Today (21st October), Stop the Cull posted an item on their web-site titled ‘Activists are seeking to stoke public anger about planned badger culls’, which was published today in The Sunday Times newspaper.

‘… ANIMAL activists are turning high-tech in their campaign to stave off the government’s badger cull. They plan to use night-vision goggles, infrared cameras and GPS tracking devices to monitor marksmen hired to shoot badgers in an attempt to halt the spread of bovine TB.

They will film the animals being shot and post the footage online to stoke public anger against the two trial culls in West Gloucestershire and Somerset.

Yesterday the activists found evidence on a farm in Gloucestershire that farmers were already laying bait for the animals — suggesting that the cull will start within days.

The strategy is being co-ordinated by the Coalition of Badger Action Groups, one of a number of direct action groups involved in the anti-cull campaign. It has planted more than 100 motion-activated night-vision cameras at badger setts across the two trial cull zones.

A spokesman said “field operatives” would use flashlights to distract the marksmen and frighten badgers out of the line of fire. They have also constructed vehicle trackers, comprising mobile phones stored in a waterproof box, which can be attached to marksmen’s vehicles with superglue.

The activists, who have built 100 of the devices for less than £50 each, can track them with software bought online.

Last week the government was forced to deny rumours that the cull was about to be called off.

Opposition to the cull has been widespread and a petition against it started by Brian May, the Queen guitarist, on the Downing Street website, has secured almost 160,000 signatures, triggering a debate in the House of Commons this week.

Doubts over the value of the cull have been fuelled by new figures suggesting that TB in cattle has dropped by 13% this year and is set to fall naturally by a similar amount next year, although the environment department disputes this …’

Read the item in full at http://badger-killers.co.uk/sunday-times/

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