Animal lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, hunt sabs and animal rights campaigners from all corners of the UK are expected in Birmingham for a march and rally on Saturday 22nd February (tomorrow!) and a static protest outside the conference on Tuesday 25th February. There will also be an after party on Saturday.
Read on for further details of both events and please attend if you possibly can.
NATIONAL MARCH AND RALLY AGAINST THE BADGER CULL IN BIRMINGHAM - Sat 22nd Feb
On Saturday 22nd February many hundreds of people will descend on Birmingham City Centre for what is expected to be the biggest march and rally against the badger cull since the event in London last June.
The event will include a stage with speakers, entertainment, marquee with wildlife/charity stalls, sett mapping talk and badger education talk and a march through the streets.
SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY:
11am - Stalls, entertainment, vegan catering
11.15am - Badger Information Workshop
12 noon - Speeches start (see speakers below)
1pm - March around the city centre
2pm - Return to Victoria Square
3pm - Sett Mapping Workshop
4pm - Event due to finish
Dominic Dyer - Care for the Wild
Ama Menec - Chair of TBVAC Devon
Drew Pratten - Wildlife Campaigner
Dawn Varley - League Against Cruel Sports
Helen - Hunt Sabs Association
Veggies, award-winning caterers from Nottingham - www.veggies.org.uk
ChangeKitchen, a Birmingham based social enterprise - www.changekitchen.co.uk
Becky's Bhajis - Worcester based mobile catering - www.beckysbhajis.com
Rambling Vine, with a range of herbal teas, coffees - www.ramblingvine.co.uk
Hunt Sabs Association - www.huntsabs.org.uk
Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust - www.bbcwildlife.org.uk
League Against Cruel Sports - www.lacs.org.uk
Care for the Wild - www.careforthewild.com
West Midlands Hunt Sabs Association - www.facebook.com/pages/West-Midlands-Hunt-Saboteurs/243223759156039
Animal Aid - www.animalaid.org.uk
Happyhogs Hedgehog Rescue - www.happyhogsrescue.org.uk
Birmingham Animal Action - www.facebook.com/birminghamanimalaction
TBVAC Devon - www.tbvac.weebly.com
Lakeside Ethical Treats - www.ethical-treats.co.uk
Sara's Parlour Face Painting
The Petition stall
This event is perfectly timed, with the National Farmers Union (responsible for carrying out the cull) staging their annual conference in Birmingham just 3 days later! There will be a national demo at the conference itself (details here https://www.facebook.com/events/562853557138710/ ), but for the many people who can not attend on a weekday, please come to this march and rally instead!
Event starts at 11.00am when stalls etc open.
For speakers and march, assemble in Victoria Square, B3 3AA, at 12 noon.
We must send a very loud clear message to the government and NFU that we will NOT stand for any more badger massacres! Please spread the word, lets make this massive!!
NATIONAL BADGER CULL PROTEST OUTSIDE THE NFU CONFERENCE - Tues 25th Feb
10am - International Convention Centre, Centenary Square
On the 25th February the ICC in Birmingham will host the National Farmers Union (NFU) Conference. This is a collection of individuals and companies responsible for undertaking the failed badger culls and planning to undertake more, as well as lobbying for less humane ways to kill badgers such as gassing and snaring.
The NFU is a lobbyist group for large agricultural corporations with aims that benefit them, rather than that of animal welfare and independent farmers. They have strong political ties.
We urge as many animal lovers to join us outside the ICC for a huge protest to show the NFU that WE WILL NOT ALLOW THE BADGER CULL TO CONTINUE!!!!!
PS. Owen Paterson (Environment Secretary) will be there, so bring footballs and goalposts! (Paterson said "badgers moved the goalposts" when asked why marksmen failed to reach the cull target!)
Get event updates and help to promote it via the Facebook event page
Birmingham Against the Badger Cull