A protest against the Government’s badger cull, which will return to Gloucestershire this summer, will take place in Gloucester on Saturday.

Organised by Gloucester Against Badger Shooting (GABS), and supported by national wildlife charities Badger Trust, Care for the Wild, Born Free and Animal Aid, the event wants people of all ages to walk through the town centre.

Speakers will include anti-cull spokesman Dominic Dyer, conservationist Ian Redmond and Carol Cook from GABS.

Carol said: “With the announcement in Parliament last week that this government will continue with the pilot culls here in Gloucestershire and Somerset, despite all the evidence that they have been a resounding failure, GABS and our wounded badger patrollers are organising this family-friendly march to send out a very clear message that until these culls stop, we will continue to protest and do everything legally possible to protect the badgers.

“We are delighted to have some great speakers joining us, including Oscar Pratten from Children of the Badgers, whose speech will remind us of our moral responsibility to protect the badgers for future generations.”

Dominic Dyer, chief executive of the Badger Trust and policy advisor to Care for the Wild, said: “I’m sympathetic to farmers, but culling badgers simply won’t work. Ordinary people from around the country have come out to protest against this barbaric cull.

“The facts are stacked against a cull. Badgers may pass TB to cattle, but they originally caught it from the cattle themselves – both the origin of this disease and the ultimate solution come from improving farming practices, not killing wildlife – and we’re already seeing the evidence for that.

“Second, the vast majority of scientific opinion says culling is a pointless exercise which could lead to an increase in the spread of TB.

“Thirdly, the culls have so far cost more than £4,000 per dead badger – a disgusting waste of money in every sense. The time has come to stop the cull once and for all.”

The protesters will meet at noon at the Bandstand, Gloucester Park, Spa Road. Speeches will take place before the march around the town centre.

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