This week I’m launching a new fundraising initiative with a collective of other creatives to help fundraise for badgers.
The UK’s badger’s have had such a spectacularly awful time at our hands, I am sometimes amazed that we have any left. These black and white stripy mustelids have a long history of persecution, and were finally granted legal protection from killing and injury to stop things like badger baiting and fighting.
When I lived in Cornwall in the early 2000s, the government started a scientific trial badger cull in the South West, to see if it would stop the spread of bovine tuberculosis among cows. It was a heartbreaking time and so strange to think that these protected animals were now being legally killed. However, the results came back that this was not an effective way to stop the spread of bTb and help cattle farmers protect their herds.
But. The government then rolled the badger cull out to other areas anyway, and they keep rolling it out further and further, with very little science to prove that killing badgers does anything to impact bTb.
After a flurry of petitions and donations when the big culls started, I had to tune out of badger news because it was just too depressing.
Last week though, I got an email newsletter from the Badger Trust. Among all their amazing work (what do you do when your own government wants to destroy the animal you were set up to protect?!) they are running a badger vaccination project and it sounds really promising, for all sorts of reasons. One reason is that it costs £1,000 to cull a badger but £200 to vaccinate one. You can read all about this hopeful project on the Badger Trust website here.
So I did a bit of a call out on social media…
View this post on Instagram
We need to talk about the badgers… 🌳 I couldn’t make the #peoplesmarchforwildlife today but I was there in spirit for all our wildlife but especially badgers. 🖤 They started the trial badger cull when I was living in Cornwall in the early 2000s, and it broke my heart. But the results came back saying it didn’t work as a way to help control bovine TB. And then the government widened the cull anyway, despite the scientific evidence. And they’ve just widened it again. @badgertrust have been working tirelessly all this time to stop the cull, to run legal challenges, to protect badgers, to find a better solution. 🖤 And they have. It costs £1,000 per badger to cull them, but £200 per badger to vaccinate them. 🙌 I’d love to do something to support them and help fund raise, so I’m hatching a plan of some things to make and sell to raise donations. If you make things too and you’d like to help, do drop me a message. 🖤 And watch this space!
And the Badger Sett was born 🙂
We are a group of creative people raising funds and awareness for the badger vaccination programme. We are going to be celebrating Badgerween and Badgermas by making all sorts of lovely things and donation a percentage of all our sales to the Badger Trust. You can read more about it here, and sign up if you would like to join in too!
Tags: activism, badger cull, badger vaccination, badgers, bTb, creativity, fundraising, make a difference, positive news, the badger trust, what can I do to help badgers