RSPCA calls for milk boycott as farmers prepare for badger cull
Landowners 'should be made to feel financial consequences of letting animals be shot'
The RSPCA has called for a boycott of dairy products from parts of the West Country where badgers will be culled, saying that farmers and landowners should be made to feel the "commercial consequences" of allowing badgers to be shot on their land.
Launching a campaign against the badger cull alongside a coalition of animal welfare groups, Gavin Grant, the chief executive of the RSPCA, also said tourists should make the areas a no-go zone. "Those who care will not want to visit areas or buy milk from farms soaked in badgers' blood," he said. "Dairy consumers should be saying: I will not buy milk from areas where they are culling. Landowners and farmers allowing this to happen on their land have to realise there will be commercial consequences."
The first trial cull licence was granted to a consortium in Gloucestershire earlier this week. A second licence, to shoot badgers in areas of Somerset, is likely to be granted in the coming days. The first night shoots could take place in a matter of weeks.
An alliance of 18 of the UK's leading animal welfare groups yesterday launched a last-ditch campaign to stop the trial cull. They aim to attract 100,000 signatures to a parliamentary petition on the matter. Campaigners are also taking their case to Europe, arguing that the cull breaks the Bern Convention which protects EU wildlife.
Brian May, the Queen guitarist and head of the group Save Me, who is spearheading the campaign, said he would not drink milk from "the moment that the first badger is shot" in protest.
The cull is aimed at stopping the spread of bovine TB, which can be carried by badgers. Dairy farmers have been the hardest hit by the disease and many have backed the cull. Tesco and Morrisons said yesterday that they would continue to stock milk from regions affected by the cull. Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and the Co-op confirmed that they do not stock milk supplied from the area.
Mr Grant said farmers and members of the rural community opposed to the cull should act as "citizens of conscience" and oppose it "by all legal means". Joe Duckworth, chief executive of the League Against Cruel Sports, said the trial cull posed an immediate threat to 6,000 badgers and warned that people could also be hurt.
Threat of 'catastrophic cascade of collisions' involving 300,000 pieces of rubbish must be averted, warn scientists
- 1 Oxford is the least affordable city in the UK, where houses cost 11 times local salaries
- 2 Australian man Rod Sommerville reacts to bite from deadly snake by reaching for cold beer
- 3 North Korea elections: Kim Jong-un wins 100% of the vote
- 4 David Cameron resorts to paying for Facebook fans because not enough people like him
- 5 Steve Irwin’s final words: Cameraman present at death opens up about deadly stingray attack for the first time
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Vince Cable: Teachers 'know absolutely nothing' about the world of work
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
The quiet diplomat: Catherine Ashton - recognised and admired in all the world’s troubled countries, yet ridiculed at home
£12000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: Our client is a leading digital agency bu...
£40000 - £45000 per annum: Charter Selection: Global leader in its respective ...
£130 - £161 per day: Randstad Education Nottingham: Do you have a qualificatio...
£6720 - £33600 per annum: Randstad Education Nottingham: The school is much la...