Following on from Badgerween, the hard working Badger Sett are busy making creations for our next celebration: Badgermas!
You can read all about the Badger Sett here.
We are fundraising for the Badger Trust’s badger vaccination project through crafty loveliness, and we’ve raised over £300 so far.
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…
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!