The new Bodger supported calls for a definitive end to the program that has ordered the deaths of tens of thousands of the creatures
Badger slaughter activists tonight unveiled a new recruit in their fight to end the slaughter – Bodger.
Bodger and Badger was a children’s television favorite in the 1990s.
Partnership creator Andy Cunningham starred as Simon Bodger alongside his creation Badger – an anthropomorphic animal addicted to mashed potatoes.
While Andy died in 2017, entertainer Ash White has picked up the mantle and launched a new partnership of Bodger’s Badger – throwing the couple’s weight behind calls to stop the culling.
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Around 174,517 badgers have been killed since 2013 to stem the spread of bovine tuberculosis in cows.
Courtesy of Ash White and the Badger Trust)
Ash said: “Badger and I are so thrilled to be standing up for badgers and raising awareness of the terrible things that are happening to this poor animal.
“Andy used his celebrity to raise awareness, and I’m excited to continue that work — and re-introducing Badger to his adoring audience who may be unaware of the dangers his relatives face.”
Welcoming the support, Badger Trust Executive Director Peter Hambly told the Mirror: “It’s fantastic to have Badger back, adding his voice to our campaigns to promote and defend this iconic animal.
“Andy Cunningham spoke out against the culling with Badger in 2013 when the current cull began in England and we are very grateful that Badger is back to raise awareness, this time with his new friend Ash.
“It is an outrage that badger slaughter is continuing nearly 10 years later and we hope badger’s return can help us educate the public when the senseless slaughter begins again.”
A total of 33,687 badgers were killed by being shot and caged last year – sparking fury among animal rights activists.
Experts blame Brock for spreading bTB across the countryside, and in 2020 more than 27,000 cattle were slaughtered in England to help fight the disease.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs hopes to vaccinate cows by 2025 and eradicate bTB by 2035.
Last July, Boris Johnson – whose wife Carrie is a high-profile animal rights activist – fueled hopes the culling would end.
The Prime Minister told MPs: “We believe that culling the badger has resulted in a reduction in the disease, but no one wants to continue culling a protected species – beautiful mammals – indefinitely.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/badger-cull-campaigners-hail-latest-27171169 Badger slaughter activists hail the latest recruit for the crusade to stop the slaughter