Hundreds join protest against badger culling

23/11/13- Anti-badger cull protest, Hastings.
23/11/13- Anti-badger cull protest, Hastings.

HUNDREDS of demonstrators marched along the seafront to campaign against the government’s badger cull programme.

Around 400 people attended the rally last Saturday which started outside Hastings Pier and went to the Old Town and back.

It was organised by the Hastings and Rother Against the Cull group and backed by the Care for the Wild International group.

Dozens of protestors donned face paint and t-shirts for the protest which was one of more than a dozen held across the UK since September.

Dominic Dyer from Care for the Wild International said there could be up to 30,000 badgers living in Sussex and a cull could take place across the county.

Mr Dyer said: “I’ve worked in the farming industry all my life and this is the worst agricultural policy I’ve seen in 30 years. I’m sympathetic to farmers, but culling badgers simply won’t work. Ordinary people from around the country want to protest against this barbaric cull, and we’re looking forward to seeing many of them come to Hastings.

“East Sussex could be a target for the badger cull if it is rolled out next year, so interest in the issue is high. “Many people don’t know much about this cull, but it’s time they did. We’re slaughtering our wildlife for no justifiable reason, the government is telling people that all the badgers are sick, which simply isn’t true, and they are hiding the true cause of the rise in bTB, which is poor farming practices. The more people that hear the truth, the more will oppose the cull, and hopefully the government will see sense and stop it.”