Badger cull protest in Lincoln
A protest against badger culling is due to march through Lincoln today.
Demonstrators against the proposed badger cull will gather in the city for “a peaceful protest”.
It runs alongside protests against the trial cull areas in Somerset and Gloucestershire.
The environment secretary Owen Paterson gave permission for farmers to shoot badgers, in a bid to prevent the spread of TB in cattle.
But protesters from Vegan Lincs and Lincoln Animal Friends hope today’s demonstrations in the city will help stop the cull.
Linda Wardale, group coordinator for Vegan Lincs, is helping organise the protest.
“Being a vegan I am passionate about animal welfare, and the badger cull is so wrong on so may counts,” she said.
“The government commissioned independent scientific research into it and the results of that were culling won’t have any major impact on bovine TB in cattle.
"It basically is a futile attempt.
"It is not in Lincolnshire, we have still got badgers here but we don’t have intensive farms like they do elsewhere in the country.
"It is intensive farming that is causing problems.
"In the west there is a higher concentration of dairy farms and they are blaming the badgers - but it is more to do with farming practices and spread of TB when cattle are being transported.
“This demonstration is a knee jerk reaction fuelled by the dairy industry."
Ms Wardale added: “A bullet is cheaper than a needle, and they are under enough threat anyway from badger baiting and being road kill.
"I love badgers; they are adorable creatures and should be allowed to live their lives in safety.
"It is a peaceful protest.
"We just hope we can get the message across in Lincoln.
“The other side to this is that badgers do have friends and friends have votes.”
The demonstration will start outside the United Reformed Church in Lincoln at 12.30pm, moving onto the High Street.
It is due to finish at the War Memorial in Lincoln city centre.