What gives the vile disgusting Tories the right to massacre 33,000 defenceless badgers who have as much right to exist as any other creature. A total of eleven new licenses have been issued.
The majority of people oppose the massacre of badgers but yet again the Tories do what the hell they like regardless of democracy,
ethics -sadly an alien concept to the Tories – or plain and simple common decency.
Huge increase in badger culling will see up to 33,500 animals shot
Up to 33,500 badgers will be shot this autumn in an attempt to control tuberculosis in cattle, a huge rise from the 10,000 killed in 2016.
The government has announced that 11 new badger cull areas have been licensed, adding to the 10 already in place. Devon now has six badger culls under way, with Somerset and Wiltshire having three each, with others in Cheshire, Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.
As usual it’s all about money, they don’t give a damn about the cows. It is simply killing one animal, badgers, so that there are more of another animal, cows, to kill to satisfy the palates of meat eaters in order for them to eat a food that is not natural and eaten simply for pleasure, while making a profit of course. That’s what it is all about these days profit profit bloody profit at the expense of most people, other animals and the environment.
I waited a couple of days before posting but so far there are no current petitions, at least none that I can find, relating directly to this new round of killings, if anyone knows of a petition please leave a link in the comments.
Update Sept 16th – Thank you to Animalista Untamed for finding the following petition and information concerning the latest culling.
“In 2013 the British Government started its current and unrelenting campaign of badger culling to counteract the devastation and spread of bovine TB in cattle. In response to the mass opposition by over 300,000 members of the public, badger groups, and wildlife campaigners DEFRA appointed an Independent Expert Panel to assess the effectiveness of the culls; the IEP assessed the culls as ‘ineffective and inhumane’.”
Continue reading for current detailed information and other actions you may take:
Labour have pledged to end the cull/killing but it might be an idea to write to them anyway and make your protest as it will show the level of public opposition to this disgusting massacre of animals who have a much right to inhabit the countryside which is their natural environment as we have.
A message from Bill Oddie
Related Links for more information
The government has just admitted the badger cull isn’t working. But it’s going to kill another 30,000 of them anyway.
On Monday 11 September, the government released a report [pdf] showing that the so-called ‘Badger Cull’ hasn’t actually worked. But at exactly the same time, it also announced a sharp increase in the cull; which could mean up to [pdf p13-14] another 33,841 being killed (more than a 200% increase on 2016).
Over 170 years after Engels, Britain is still a country that murders its poor
The victims of Grenfell Tower didn’t just die. Austerity, outsourcing and deregulation killed them – just as Victorian Manchester killed the poor then.
While in Victorian Manchester, Friedrich Engels struggled to name the crime visited on children whose limbs were mangled by factory machines, or whose parents were killed in unsafe homes. Murder and manslaughter were committed by individuals, but these atrocities were something else: what he called social murder. “When society places hundreds of proletarians in such a position that they inevitably meet a too early and an unnatural death, one which is quite as much a death by violence as that by the sword or bullet; its deed is murder just as surely as the deed of the single individual,” he wrote in 1845, in The Condition of the Working Class in England.
Over 170 years later, Britain remains a country that murders its poor. When four separate government ministers are warned that Grenfell and other high rises are a serious fire risk, then an inferno isn’t unfortunate. It is inevitable. Those dozens of Grenfell residents didn’t die: they were killed. What happened last week wasn’t a “terrible tragedy” or some other studio-sofa platitude: it was social murder.
While in Victorian Manchester, Friedrich Engels struggled to name the crime visited on children whose limbs were mangled by factory machines, or whose parents were killed in unsafe homes. Murder and manslaughter were committed by individuals, but these atrocities were something else: what he called social murder. “When society places hundreds of proletarians in such a position that they inevitably meet a too early and an unnatural death, one which is quite as much a death by violence as that by the sword or bullet; its deed is murder just as surely as the deed of the single individual,” he wrote in 1845, in The Condition of the Working Class in England.Over 170 years later, Britain remains a country that murders its poor. When four separate government ministers are warned that Grenfell and other high rises are a serious fire risk, then an inferno isn’t unfortunate. It is inevitable. Those dozens of Grenfell residents didn’t die: they were killed. What happened last week wasn’t a “terrible tragedy” or some other studio-sofa platitude: it was social murder.
Behind austerity is the greed of the rich who get tax cuts at the expense of the poor/working class, greedy exploitative employers who want employees to literally work for nothing – there are few laws to protect workers. The list of exploitation of the poor is lengthy and by far the worst example is the Grenfell tower. Eighty people died in the fire because of pure unadulterated greed for a grand saving of £2 a square metre for cladding, about £5,000, of an £8 million refurbishing contract, cladding which was banned in the USA. Further tests show that cladding from 190 tower blocks in 51 local authority areas across England is unsafe and there is a 100 percent failure rate in fire safety tests on cladding used in public high rise buildings. The British government did not ban the cladding used at Grenfell. Thanks to cuts to local councils, and the slashing of red tape, building inspection has been gutted and privatized. The recent refurbishment of Grenfell was sub-contracted, and a fire-resistant cladding alternative was jettisoned in favor of the cheaper option.
Tory economic polices are designed to move money from the poor to the rich and in the process people are dying.
How many more people have to die before those who vote Tory finally decide enough is enough!
Don’t let the shock and horror of this atrocity fade into obscurity
Please sign the following petitions:
This government must carry out a FULLY TRANSPARENT INVESTIGATION into the Grenfell tragedy
The investigation into the Grenfell tragedy must be FULLY TRANSPARENT and allow the MEANINGFUL PARTICIPATION of the affected residents, their families, and the surrounding community. The government cannot be allowed to cover up any uncomfortable revelations about negligence and poor planning of the Grenfell estate by the Tory-run Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.
The government were warned time and time again of the fire risks in blocks of flats like this. But these warnings were ignored. Now, pressure is growing for the government to change the law to make buildings like Grenfell Tower safer when there is a fire.
President Trump wants Congress to drastically cut federal support for food assistance to the poorest Americans by some 25 percent over the next decade. An astonishing 43 million of the US’s poor people rely on America’s Food stamp program, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program SNAP. Most recipients live in households with children (about 72%) and more than a quarter live in households with seniors or people with disabilities.
To make matters even worse Trump in a really devious ploy proposes to penalise (charge) retailers who accept food stamps.
Please sign and share the petition below which now needs only another 500 signatures
“Once again our country’s most vulnerable citizens are the target of President Trump’s brutal cuts. This time the it is the 43 million Americans that rely on the SNAP program – formerly known as the US Food Stamp Program – that could be hit hard. The Trump administration is proposing $191 billion dollar in cuts to the program over the next 10 years but what’s more he now wants to charge – read penalize– retailers for accepting the food stamps that often serve as a temporary lifeline for America’s poor.
The proposed fee to SNAP participating retailers could encourage independent and smaller grocers to leave to program. This means that there would be fewer retailers available to SNAP participants, many of whom already live in food deserts. For example, the National Association of Travel Plazas and Truckstops has come out against the president’s plan because, while most city dwellers view truckstops as a place to grab a quick snack, for many of the rural poor it is the only place to shop and get sustenance. “
Please continue reading and sign the petition
Congress: Don’t Let Trump Stamp Out Benefits for Food Stamp Recipients
Millions of people like Reginald Porter-Bey will suffer as a result of this gravely unjust proposal:
“Reginald Porter-Bey, 59, who used to work as a printer at the Pentagon, started using food stamps a decade ago when he was homeless and jobless. “They’re very important to get through the month. You’ve got to know how to find bargains.”
Porter-Bey, who has five children, added: “It would have a hell of an impact. That’s taking food out of my mouth and other people’s mouths who’ve got kids. That’s not fair. People voted for Trump and he slapped them in the face. There are people in West Virginia who are poor just like here. He doesn’t care because he’s all right.”
Read more stories of people who reply on food stamps to survive:
Food stamps: a lifeline for America’s poor that Trump wants to cut
“Conservative media outlets such as Fox News have previously referred to food stamp users as “moochers”, “parasites” and “takers” instead of “makers”. Last week Trump’s budget director Mick Mulvaney said: “If you’re on food stamps and you’re able-bodied, we need you to go to work.”
But according to the government’s own figures, most families on Snap – 55% of them – do have a family member working. The issue is that they do not make enough money to feed their families. “This budget is not an evidence-based exercise in policy-making. It’s oriented at cutting government spending in order to lavish tax cuts on the wealthy,” said Dean.”
If you live in the UK the above rhetoric is very similar to comments made by the media here and implied by the Tory government referring to benefit claimants – including sick and disabled people and people who simply cannot get jobs because there are few jobs available too them – as scroungers fraudsters , parasites, skivers, work-shy, lazy, stupid, feckless with terms such as”handout” “something for nothing” . Note also like the UK many of the people who claim SNAP are working people whose wages are too low to support them sufficiently even to put food on the table. Yet another similarity is that cuts to Snap and other benefits are made in order to cut taxes to the rich.
I cannot understand the mentality or the purpose of these constant attacks on the poor though of course the language of “scrounging” “parasites”and so on is meant to poison people’s attitudes to benefit claimants. Whether here or in the USA such treatment of vulnerable people is deeply unjust, grossly immoral and not worthy of any country that wishes to be considered civilised. To deny people enough food to nourish them when enough food is available is surely a violation of a basic human right. To go hungry even die while food stores are overflowing with an abundance of food is a great social injustice and frankly a crime against humanity. The US is a rich country, it is shameful that a government of millionaires led by a fabulously wealthy president sees fit to attack the most vulnerable of its citizens while giving tax breaks to the rich.
Both here and in the USA it seems that poor people are under constant threat of cuts to their meagre incomes by the right wing governments that for reasons beyond my comprehension millions of working class people continue to vote for. Here in the UK once again the electorate which comprises mostly working class people (60% of Britons regard themselves as working class) return a right wing government to five more years of power, five more years of austerity: cuts to benefits for sick and disabled people, including the removal of mobility vehicles, cuts to the NHS , to schools and recently voting for a one percent pay rise cap for firefighters, nurses and other pubic sector workers, to name but a few of the austerity measures implemented by the present government. And we must never forget the latest casualty of austerity the Grenfell fire where well over 80 people lost their lives – though the final toll could be far higher – as result of cut backs and profits before people. I can well envision that if the Tories, propped up by the equally extreme DUP, continue their term in government for the full five years we will see an end to the NHS and universal free health care.
I fear for our future and for future generations, the other species with whom we share this earth and the very earth itself. I can well imagine a world where the vast majority will have no or little food, shelter and the basics of existence while the tiny minority will live surrounded by obscene wealth supported by the labour of those who will barely have enough to subsist on. Furthermore as a result of automation there will simply be millions thrown on the scrap heap, their services not required eking out a living from a dying planet destroyed by the insatiable greed of the one percent – seemingly aided and abetted by the very people whose lives are detrimentally affected by the right wing polices of greed, inequality and social injustice which the electorate seems so keen to support.
Behold the full horror of Donald Trump’s 25 percent food stamps cut
President Donald Trump wants Congress to slash federal support for food assistance to the poorest Americans by some 25 percent over the next decade, the White House budget unveiled Tuesday shows.
Such a deep cut could be backbreaking for the more than 40 million Americans — many of them children — who qualify for the nation’s premier anti-hunger program.
Trumps cuts to food stamps is not the only austerity measures which will effect poor people.
Trump’s budget: major slashes to social programs – but $1.6bn for the wall
Millions of people stand to lose Medicaid access, alongside cuts to welfare and food stamps, under a proposed budget that still has numerous hurdles to jump
Donald Trump will embrace hardline rightwing economics on Tuesday with a budget that proposes severe cuts to social safety net programmes while allocating $1.6bn to a border wall.
Read about the history behind SNAP. Again similar to the UK the US is proposing to take a step back in time and undo all its social progress concerning welfare which again like the UK requires improvement rather than reducing its effectiveness, I can well imagine that both here and in the US such welfare programmes will eventually be dismantled after years of gradual cuts.
Donald Trump’s Budget Cuts Would Leave Many Americans Hungry
Their bellies were swollen and their fragile limbs covered with sores that would not heal. Clothed in rags, these children of the Mississippi Delta huddled in crumbling shacks with empty iceboxes, not a morsel of food to be found.
It was a level of human suffering and despair that brought a New York Senator to tears. Walking, stunned, from one hovel to the next, Senator Robert F. Kennedy saw conditions that rivaled what he’d seen in third-world countries.
It was 1967. Kennedy had headed south in response to a report by civil rights attorney Marian Wright that detailed levels of childhood hunger unconscionable in the richest nation on earth. What he saw there helped galvanize a nationwide response.
Since Trump has been in office he has inflicted the most brutal cuts on the working poor “The Senate health care bill he seeks to pass targets the sick, elderly, disabled and impoverished with breathtaking precision. His proposed budget threatens not just SNAP but heating aid, legal services, student loans and mental health care for those most in need. And, while that budget cuts hundreds of billions of dollars from policies to empower the working class, his tax plan would give even more than that to the very richest among us.”
While Donald Trump is an embarrassment to the USA; Theresa May is now an embarrassment to the UK . Trump with “Make America Great Again” ; May with “Strong and Stable” both worn out mantras, empty meaningless. America great for the rich; UK strong and stable also for the rich. Now to add to the travesty that yet again so many people voted for the party which supports the minority May clings to power by forming a coalition with terrorists or at least a party supported by terrorists
Why I have to ask myself did so many vote Tory, a real mystery to me as the Tories’ policies have upset most people.The dismantling of our NHS alone should have been enough to have swayed the vote towards Labour. Most if not everyone relies on the NHS, even those who use private health care will need the assistance of the NHS in an emergency and like the rest of us will want an efficient service which saves lives!
People vote for selfish reasons. Travelling through the country side I noticed many farmers displaying Tory election boards prominently. As a vegan I am not in favour of live stock farming of course for obvious reasons but this time single them out for criticism because of their selfishness regarding the election which shocks me, as clearly they are voting solely for some personal advantage, never mind the NHS, sick and disabled people, the elderly or anyone else, they just vote from self interest. Sadly this is the case for most people, but even so the under funding and deterioration of the NHS surely should be paramount in casting your vote and override other perceived advantages.
So who voted Tory – well it wasn’t the sick and disabled that’s for sure!
Watch the video below, it is shocking how something like this does not outrage people enough to vote for Labour yet not only will you find few people who know about this shameful treatment of disabled people, which has come to the attention of the UN human rights committee and been condemned, but sadly few care.
Note this is a lengthy video featuring other issues the part concerning people with disabilities is right at the beginning.
You can Listen to the woman at 47:10 or click the following link to read some of the text.
After listening to this woman’s passionate appeal to Dominic Raab how can you than go and vote Tory. Do you not hear what she is saying, thousands have died as a result of Tory austerity measures on the backs of sick and disabled people in the form of benefit cuts and cuts to services, many by their own hand. IF YOU VOTED TORY you are complicit!
Tens of thousands have died in the name of austerity. A senior Tory’s response is utterly despicable [VIDEO]
“There were 30,000 excess deaths in 2015 alone in the name of Conservative austerity, according to an Oxford University report. Cuts to health and social care are likely to be the “main cause” of tens of thousands of British citizens losing their lives early. And on The Big Debate, senior Tory Dominic Raab’s response on the matter was utterly despicable.”
It most certainly was not people who defend foxes, badgers and other wildlife, the hunt saboteurs, the League Against Cruel Sports, vegan/ vegetarians, animal rights activists. Again why would they as the Tories have been elected the Badger cull will commence once again and they will attempt to repeal the hunting fox hunting bill and have not pledged a total ban on the ivory trade.
Who could not vote for the nationalisation of the water industry for cheaper bills and a more efficient service, the same with the railways and the postal service. Labour also promised to partially nationalise the energy industry with a pledge that no ones bill would be more than £1000 per annum, yes it is still a lot for many but better than the situation we have now.
The list of the Tories detrimental polices is extensive, add to the above the huge increase in food banks, homelessness, child poverty, low wages, zero hours benefit sanctions see previous blog post , the above is but the tip of the iceberg. There can be few people surely for whom Tory polices have not had a detrimental effect.
So who voted Tory as it looks to me as though there are few people left who the Tories have not adversely affected. The exception being big corporations with low taxes or no taxes.
I am frankly disgusted that anyone with any decency would elect them for another five years. I doubt that at the end of it the NHS will be recognizable. Is it ignorance, selfishness or greed and gullibility, believing the the Tories represent prosperity for all?I wonder how many now regret this in light of the Tories parties’ coalition with the DUP.
If you are in any doubt about who to vote for on June 8th please consider the following reasons why you should not vote for a conservative candidate
Cuts to The NHS
“Cast your vote wisely if you wish our public health service to have any kind of future..”
The NHS has been underfunded since the Tories came into power in 2010. Since that time there have been numerous cuts:
Beds cut by 15,000 beds are cut in six years – reduction in beds is the equivalent to closing 24 hospitals, amounting to a 10 per cent fall in NHS beds at a time when the health service is under unprecedented pressure and needs them the most.
The bedroom tax has affected 420,000 disabled people, each of whom lost an average of £728 per year.Note for many disabled people a “spare” room is used for medical equipment, or for carers to sleep in.
The Government have issued over 71,000 sanctions to disabled people on Employment Support Allowance
“shocking to see that the Government have issued over 71,000 sanctions to disabled people on Employment Support Allowance that have been sanctioned since the Tories ramped up the regime in 2012”.
“This problem only seems to be getting increasingly worse, with nearly twice as many people being sanctioned on a monthly basis now than at the start of this year,” Debbie Abrahams, the shadow Work and Pensions Secretary
Read in previous post concerning the disastrous affects of Tory Benefit cuts:
If the Tories gain power in addition to all the above, they will eventually try to repeal the fox-hunting ban and will most certainly continue their massacre of helpless badgers referred to as culling.
Legal Aid Cuts
Legal aid cuts creating two-tier justice system, says Amnesty
The article below list other disastrous Tory Polices which you should consider before voting on June 8th such as: Scrapping the human rights bill; Snooping on all your texts, e-mails and browsing records: Crackdown on unions
Read all 29 reasons why you should not vote Tory
Why should I not vote Conservative? 29 nasty policies you shouldn’t forget in the 2017 general election
Only Labour will bring an end to the cruel killing of badgers who are a protected species. Badgers have as much right to live as you or I. We cannot kill them simply because they are deemed inconvenient. This is even more so when the reason involves killing them to exploit and abuse another animals, namely cows.
Bring an end to this barbarity which has no place in any ethical society by voting Labour on June 8th.
For the sake of badgers and other wildlife – foxes, hares mink – which will be under threat if the Tories return to power, Please vote Labour June 8th.
Apologies to international visitors and followers of this blog, but until June the 8th I hope to focus on the UK’s general election which is so crucial to the well-being of most of our citizens, particularly disabled people and the NHS. The outcome of this election is also vitally important for our wildlife and the environment. With the threat of the repeal of the fox hunting bill, the continuation of badger culling and fracking in our national parks, and indeed anywhere and everywhere, it is vital that the Tories do not get re-elected.
Also apologies to followers if I have not visited your blogs as much as usual but I am been so involved with on-line campaigning that my time is more limited than usual. I hope to read all your blogs soon.
When you list all the reasons why you should not vote Tory it seems inconceivable to me that many people are about to grant them five more years of power to destroy our lives!!!!!
All potential Tory Voters: If you don’t care about losing the NHS to privatisation, or are not concerned about the shocking treatment of disabled people such as denying disability benefit to 165,000 of our sick and disbaled and a £30 cut each week in benefits , the rise in food banks, the bedroom tax, low pay, zero hours, homelessness, cuts to education, increases in tuition fees and limitless austerity please at least think about what the Tories will do concerning our wildlife.
Please consider the following:
If the Tories gain power in addition to all the above, they will eventually try to repeal the fox-hunting ban and will most certainly continue their massacre of helpless badgers referred to as culling.
The Badger Cull (massacre)
Watch this lovely video of these amazing creatures as a mother her keeps an eye on her cub as they walk through a Bluebell carpeted wood.
Surely these creatures are worth saving?
Read More about the badger cull from Team Badger :
See also https://twitter.com/ally_wsm?lang=en for regular tweets concerning badgers, also graphics to use in our fight to keep the Tories from murdering these innocent defenceless animals who are a part of the countryside, living feeling sentient beings who enjoy life as much as any other animal including you or your cat or dog. Badgers have a right to life and should not be killed by the Tories or any other person simply because they are perceived as an inconvenience in the exploitation of another species, namely cattle, to satisfy the insatiable greed to acquire wealth and to consume a food – meat and milk – that is not natural.
Fox hunting – hunting with dogs
Along with the continuation of the badger massacre (cull) a Tory government will make another attempt to repeal the fox hunting ban
From the League Against Cruel Sports
THE HUNTING ACT IS UNDER THREAT
“There is a very real danger this election could deliver a pro-hunt majority in the House of Commons. This would be the very first time there has been a clear majority of pro-hunt MPs in Parliament since the Hunting Act was passed in 2004 – if we don’t stop it.
We have a matter of weeks to fight this.
Make no mistake – the hunt lobby will be doing everything they can to get pro-hunt MPs into power and destroy the landmark law protecting UK wildlife. They will stop at nothing to legalise the abhorrent cruelty of chasing terrified animals with packs of dogs and tearing them limb from limb.”
At present Tory politicians and Teresa May are focused on winning the election. There is not much going on to campaign against this barbarity. However right now you can take the most important and most decisive action to stop the repeal of the fox hunting ban and the continued culling of badgers and that is not to vote Tory in the coming election.
June 8th. VOTE LABOUR! Our wildlife depends on it!
With the Tories gone the badger cull would be over and the ban on fox hunting would remain in place.
Save badgers, foxes, and other wild life Vote Labour June 8th
Vote Labour for a more compassionate fair society for us all, both human and non human animals.
My observations as an artistic, writer, blogger, computer geek, humanist, mental health activist, lifelong learning and researcher of life living with lifelong severe depression, anxiety, social anxiety with agoraphobia, PTSD, A Nervous Breakdown, as well as a Survivor of Sexual Abuse and Rape.