Protesters: We'll stay at cull site for 6 weeks
Campaigners occupying a site near the badger cull zone insisted last night they will be a powerful force against the cull.
Western Morning News writer Martin Hesp found that the nation's media out-numbered anti-cull protesters at 'Camp Badger' yesterday.
A team of 12 protesters camped overnight at the camp at Doniford Holt near Watchet in Somerset, following a candlelit vigil in Minehead on Monday night.
The group, whose members are from as far as Brighton and Derbyshire, plan to remain there for the six-week cull.
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Carla, from Cornwall, said: "We are here to try to stop this – it is our one opportunity to do so. If we don't, the cull will spread nationwide in areas including Cornwall. We are just normal, peaceful people who are outraged."
Pauline Kidner, founder of Secret World Wildlife Rescue in Highbridge in Somerset, said badgers always return to their setts if injured – meaning some could die underground. Secret World, one of the largest badger cub rearing units in the UK, has pledged to treat animals injured in the cull.
Mrs Kidner said: "I am totally against the cull despite being a dairy farmer in the past."