Avon Against the Badger Cull is a friendly group of local wildlife enthusiasts who meet regularly to prepare for national badger culls then monitor and peacefully and legally protest them when they take place.
The group was set up in 2014 but has only really become active under this name in the last year during the build-up to the 2018 badger cull when a licence was applied for in Avon.
The group consists of people who are spread out around what would have been the Avon county. What unites us is the fact that we are all opposed to the Badger cull and believe it to be unjust, unscientific and inhumane.
Some of our group have been involved with opposing the badger cull since 2012, others have been active animal rights campaigners for over twenty years. Since we are a friendly bunch, our beliefs unite us with other campaign groups throughout Britain and worldwide.
It is now likely that the badger cull will expand into the Avon area in 2019 with both the north and south being under threat.
During this year’s Badger cull period, like previous years our group worked with neighbouring counties every day and night to ensure the badgers where as safe as possible to the best of our abilities. This was and is done many ways. Below is a list of some of the ways this is achieved:
Surveying areas for Badger activity and badger setts
Regular badger patrols around badger lands under threat
Close surveillance of badger setts and monitoring to ensure culling is carried out legally and to the standard set by government
Sharing badger cull activities and anything relevant such as the horrors of intensive farming to a large audience
Showing landowners, farmers and anyone who may sign up to the badger cull that there is a large amount of opposition to culling wildlife and there are better alternatives
Documenting and Reporting illegal wildlife crimes to the police
We are a family friendly and open to everyone. In order to remain welcoming for everyone, anyone who would make others feel unwelcome by holding racist or otherwise discriminatory views is asked not to get involved.
What would have been the Avon county area is now divided into 4 unitary authorities which are Bristol, South Gloucester, North Somerset and Bath and North east Somerset.
We do not cover the entirety of these areas, however get in touch if you are unsure and we can direct you to your local Badger group.