As of midday on Monday the 20th of October the second year of trial badger culls is over. With the lack of an independent panel overseeing this years cull its hard to find out how much of a failure it really was. However the results so far are pretty damning, in Gloucester the number of badgers killed was less than half the minimum target of 615 and nowhere near the maximum of 1,091. In Somerset the number killed was just inside the 315-785 range, a range that was set deliberately low.
Thirteen hundred badgers in Gloucester and Somerset that would have been dead in a ‘successful’ cull are currently alive and well. The reason for this is not hard to work out. Every single night people from across the west country (often accompanied by friends from further afield) were out in the cull zones. Bristol AFed members were out each week, spending our nights in the dark fields and forests of the zones in all weathers, mag lights and radios in hand. We accompanied seasoned animal rights activists, Continue reading
As many of you will know a gathering of animal rights activists took place in Bristol at the weekend. Those present faced police harassment and repression throughout the 3 days. This included evidence gatherers filming through the windows, over a dozen officers damaging and stealing (sorry ‘seizing’) a mini bus, half a dozen arrests at a protest, a house being raided, and a meeting at a community centre being surrounded by at least 25 police (including a dog unit and a firearms officer).
Bristol Anarchist Federation wishes to express our solidarity with all the activists involved with, and present at, the animal rights gathering. We also tip our metaphorical hats to you; if you attract that kind of attention from the state you must be doing something right.
This repression can only push those on the receiving end of it closer together, and through this solidarity we can fight even harder against the systems of domination that surround us. So, to those that sought to oppress people at the AR (&workfare) demos in Bristol this weekend THANKS (because mischief brew say it so eloquently).