29 August 2013
On Thursday 22nd August 2013 the High Court heard the application from NFU for an injunction against unlawful actions and protests in the cull areas. Some reports suggest that NFU won their injunction without any problems. In reality there have been many changes to the injunction. Badger Trust financed legal advice from Bindmans including a Barrister to represent us in court as an interested party, to ensure that peaceful and legal protests can continue. We have been told by our legal team that our presence as an interested party did make a difference to the outcome of the hearing, which is reassuring. The revised injunction was publicised, following which there were inevitably many questions. We asked for further clarification and the Statement prepared by Bindmans LLP on behalf of Badger Trust, signed and issued by Paul Ridge on 29th August 2013, can be seen HERE. [SORRY UNAVAILABLE]
As you know we had to make a quick decision to finance the legal representation to gain the changes required, otherwise all peaceful demonstrations in the areas may have been deemed to be illegal. This has been an unexpected expense for us, but one that that on legal advice was needed to help ensure we all retained the right to peaceful protest. If you would like to make a donation, please donate via our website.
The e petition is nearing its closing date, so please urge any friends, relations and acquaintances to SIGN if they have not already done so. At the time of writing the number of signatures has reached over 286,000 and is trending at several hundred signatures an hour.
PEACEFUL PROTEST IN SOMERSET
I am also taking the opportunity to give you details of an event to be held in Taunton on Saturday 7th September 2013 from 11.00 a.m. until 3.00 p.m. and to ask that as many as possible go there in order to support it. If enough people attend this event it could mark an important milestone in the history of badger protection, so please ask all your contacts to join Badger Trust in Taunton. Brief details are as follows, more to follow once the Event Webpage has been set up:
“It is intended to organise a peaceful presence hosted by the Somerset Badger Patrol, in Taunton on Saturday 7th September 2013, from 11.00 a.m. until 3.00 p.m. It will be similar to the peaceful London March so dress code is black and white. Please bring banners, wear masks, dance and engage with the public. Members of the Somerset Badger Patrol will marshall the event. Taunton has been chosen because it is the County Town with good transport links. Holding the event from 11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. captures those shopping just before and after lunch. The town has numerous catering outlets with toilet facilities.”
The underlying message is that many other parts of the UK will be in the same situation as Somerset and Gloucestershire if the cull is rolled out. The current slaughter must be kept in the public arena and one way to do so is to attract a substantial number of people to the event. Many members of Team Badger have confirmed their attendance.