In light of NFU warnings regarding possible direct action by activists protesting against badger culling, the Badger Trust has re-emphasised that it will not condone illegal activity of any kind.
Following a warning by the National Farmers Union to its members about possible direct action by activists protesting against badger culling, the Badger Trust has re-emphasised that it absolutely will not condone illegal activity of any kind.
However, the animal welfare charity recognises that people have the right to demonstrate and voice their opinions in public and within the law.
The charity’s comments come in response to The Independent on Sunday report from November 20, in which the head of the police unit dealing with domestic extremism warned of the “clear potential for harm to public safety” if protesters were to clash with farmers carrying out a cull.
David Williams, chairman of the Badger Trust, said: “Our attitude does not imply that we have softened our outright opposition to culling as currently proposed against scientific advice by the coalition Government. Killing badgers would, according to Government calculations, achieve at best only a small, temporary reduction in bTB.”
However, he said: “We restate our absolute opposition to illegal action, whether it comes from farmers or from people opposed to the cull.”
In an email to the Government, obtained by the national newspaper, Detective Chief Superintendent Adrian Tudway warned against “pitting farmers against activists” as it “has the potential to create divisions and therefore conflict within rural communities“.
He also claimed the most likely action included arson to destroy or damage property and “psychological harm” against supporters of a cull.
- The full Independent on Sunday article is available here.