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Protest for end to badger culling, fox hunting and driven grouse shooting

9 August 2017

Categories: Homepage News, UK Wildlife News

Thousands of people are expected join a peaceful protest march through central London to Downing Street on Saturday 12 August.

The march is being held to coincide with the start of the grouse shooting season, beginning of the 5th year of badger culls and the ongoing illegal killing of fox cubs with hounds.

The 'Make Badger Culling, Fox Hunting & Driven Grouse Shooting History' march is being supported by the Born Free Foundation, Badger Trust, League Against Cruel Sports, International Fund for Animal Welfare and Save Me.

The protest will focus on the increasingly negative impact of farming, hunting and shooting on British wildlife.

From the mass killing of badgers as a result of intensive livestock farming and poor disease control, to the continued hunting of foxes and fox cubs with hounds and the illegal killing of highly endangered hen harriers on grouse moors, wildlife is being cruelty targeted across Britain today.

Naturalist and Broadcaster Chris Packham will lead the march and speak at Downing Street alongside other leading figures including actor and animal rights campaigner Peter Egan, President of Born Free Foundation, Will Travers OBE, Dominic Dyer CEO of the Badger Trust and Philippa King Acting CEO of the League Against Cruel Sports.

Speaking before the march Chris Packham said

‘A rapidly growing number of people have had enough cruelty and criminality in the UK countryside . We’ve had it with snares , lead shot , illegal persecution , we’ve had it with a lack of scientifically informed decisions and animals being ripped to pieces with dogs , we’ve had it with our dwindling wildlife being wasted by psychopaths who kill for pleasure . Killing wildlife for fun is a dying business - please come along and help drive another nail in its vile coffin’

Will Travers OBE President Born Free Foundation said
"The world is moving fast but not always in the right direction. The small, the weak, those without a voice, are increasingly marginalised. And that includes individual wild and domestic animals who suffer in more ways than we can imagine. But I believe a change is coming. A movement is growing that will not be ignored.  My invitation to every person with a beating heart is to join this movement so that, together, we can stand against, cruelty, suffering and exploitation, and stand up for universal values of tolerance, respect, compassion and freedom."

The protest will start at Cavendish Square with speeches at 1pm. The march will start at 1.30pm moving down Regents Street to Pall Mall around Trafalgar Square into Whitehall and end at Richmond Terrace opposite Downing Street where final speeches will be made at 2.30pm. The event will finish by 4pm

Full list of speakers at the event as follows:

Speaker order

Cavendish Square - 1pm to 1.30pm

Mark Avery - wildlife writer and campaigner
Philip Mansbridge - Director IFAW UK
Natalie Bennett - Former Leader Green Party
Mark Jones - Associate Director Born Free Foundation
Nigel Palmer - Save Me

Richmond Terrace - 2.45 - 3.45pm

Chris Packham - Naturalist & Broadcaster
Peter Egan - Actor & Animal Welfare Campaigner
Will Travers OBE - President Born Free Foundation
Philippa King - Acting CEO League Against Cruel Sports
Portia Landry - Hunt Investigation Team
Dominic Dyer - CEO Badger Trust

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