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'Badger shoot' protest over cull

18 Jan 2010 - BBC News

A mock shooting of a badger has been staged outside the Welsh assembly, to protest against a cull of the animals. Around 30 Pembrokeshire Against the Cull (PAC) supporters dressed up as badgers enacted the mock killing on the steps of the Senedd building. Cliff Benson from Pembrokeshire Against the Cull said there was no moral or scientific justification for the cull. A protester in a badger costume crawled around around the steps of the Senedd before becoming trapped in a cage and 'shot' by another protester brandishing a banana.

Mr Benson said he did not believe assembly members had asked people in west Wales for their views on the eradication plans. "They've taken what we consider to be the advice of the best scientists in the country and they've ignored that and they've decided to go on with the cull. Morally we're against it, we know it doesn't make any sense scientifically, and we think that if these people expect to be elected in the future then they'd better not kill our badgers because we don't want them to."

The Welsh Assembly Government's controversial extermination programme is backed by opposition parties but is facing opposition from some animal welfare campaigners. The Badger Trust is also seeking legal action over the matter.

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