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A Letter to the Right Honourable Theresa May & Andrea Leadsom MP

The Rt. Hon Theresa May MP, Prime Minister, 10 Downing Street, London, SW1A 2AA

Cc: The Rt. Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Defra, Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3JR

19th July 2016

Dear Prime Minister

May I firstly offer our congratulations to you on your appointment as Prime Minister; we wish you every success in this role. 

I realise that you will have countless pressing issues in your first days as Prime Minister but, on behalf of the undersigned organisations which constitute ‘Team Badger’, I write to bring to your urgent attention the matter of the badger cull, and to respectfully urge you to instruct Natural England NOT to issue cull licences for 2016 and beyond.  

On 12th July three of the country’s most highly qualified experts with experience of badgers and bovine tuberculosis wrote to you to explain their science-based position of opposition to the cull, on the grounds that it is both ineffective and inhumane.  Team Badger organisations understand that bovine TB is a serious problem for farmers, requiring meaningful action from government. But the verdict from the overwhelming majority of experts is that this is a disease spread almost entirely through cattle to cattle transmission and, as such, it can only be solved through cattle-based measures such as increased disease testing and enhanced on-farm biosecurity. Using badgers as scapegoats for this disease is failing farmers, as well as badgers. 

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#BigBadgerMosaic: Shoot selfies, not badgers!

Say no to the cruel cull -- Be part of the #BigBadgerMosaic -- shoot selfies, not badgers!

Culling badgers are inhumane, ineffective and expensive, yet the government is considering expanding the cull this autumn. Over 100,000 badgers could be killed.  A decision will be made very soon -- we must defend our wildlife now.

Join our #BigBadgerMosaic & be part of our campaign to remind politicians and other decision makers that compassionate people across Britain are opposed to this cruel, costly cull. 

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Join the patrols



Natural England have confirmed that they will not consider any new scientific evidence before rubber-stamping new authorizations to cull badgers.

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Brian May’s Save Me Trust to Challenge Lawfulness of Badger Cull Licences

"Lawyers instructed by the Save Me Trust have today written to the Chief Executive and the Chief Legal Advisor of Natural England warning them that if any licences to cull badgers are either activated in Gloucestershire and Somerset or any new licences granted for this purpose anywhere, then the lawfulness of the decisions to do so will be challenged by a Judicial Review in the High Court.

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Badger study finds damaging setts 'could worsen bovine TB risk'

As previous studies have showed in Wales damaging setts 'could worsen bovine TB risk.

The QUB study is the first to examine the effects of illegal persecution of badgers in Northern Ireland, rather than government backed culling programmes

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Speeches in Old Palace Yard Tues 8th September

Join us tomorrow if you can & say "NO" to the badger cull policy. Speeches against the Badger Cull, Old Palace Yard 12.30 - 1.30, Tuesday 8th September 2015, Speakers

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