AN ANTI-BADGER cull march is going to be held in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon next month on a busy Saturday afternoon.
Campaigners will be gathering outside Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Henley Street at midday on Saturday 15th March, some of them dressed in black and white, some of them dressed as badgers.
Organised by Lydia Hocking, a mum-of-two from Bedworth, campaigners are expecting a few hundred people to show up.
Lydia told the Herald she organised the march in Stratford because it was more high profile and more appropriate than North Warwickshire.
“South Warwickshire is more renowned for being pro-hunt and we know that there’s probably going to be more people signing up for the cull in South Warwickshire than North Warwickshire,” she said.
“It’s more of a rural area, the farming area is much bigger.”
Describing herself as an “ordinary person”, the working mum-of-two recovering from breast cancer said she could not stand by and watch the cull take place.
“I want people to understand that culling badgers will make no difference at all, I suppose in a nutshell I’m doing it because it’s morally, ethically, and scientifically wrong.”
The march is being supported by the Warwickshire Badger Group, the Badger Trust, and Care for the Wild.
There will be a series of speeches in Henley Street before the march, the main one from Dominic Dyer from Care for the Wild.
After that the campaigners will march down Bridge Street, across Waterside, up Sheep Street, right onto High Street, left onto Wood Street and then down Meer Street back to Henley Street.
Taking a leisurely pace, the campaigners expect the march to take between 20 and 30 minutes.
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