I will certainly join in any public protest against the mass extermination of badgers, even though Lenton's badgers will probably escape the cull. Yes, within ten minutes walk of our lovely little park we have a badger set. Residents in one of the houses overlooking their set feed them peanuts and watch them at night from their lounge window.
I'm sure you have noticed how the characteristics we associate with animals crop up in our everyday language? To say the animal's name is enough to conjure up a human trait in your mind: pusscat, beaver, weasel, foxy, squirrel plus countless others including badger. The human trait we associate with badgers is one many of us admire. It's their tenacity we like. They have been around for ever, they are social yet private creatures. On our doorstep, but still wild.
I am against the factory farming of animals of any kind. I believe all animals should be properly cared for and treated with respect, even if it means the price of meat and eggs becomes much more expensive. The fact that Lenton's badgers are probably safe from being killed and that I buy organic free-range eggs etc does not lessen my concern for badgers or other animals. It only increases my support for all those who devote their lives to the fight for justice for all animals. The law should protect animals — not rogue farmers and big business.
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