03:30AM, Friday 30 May 2014
A passionate group of anti-badger cull protesters were applauded by Maidonians as they arrived in the High Street on their 112 mile march from Gloucester to Westminster.
The determined dozen and Shadow the dog hobbled into the town centre on Wednesday evening after seven days of walking.
The 10 day march is an act of protest against the badger culls which the campaigners believe is a cruel and unnecessary government policy.
Lead walker Ama Menec is also chair of TBVAC, an organisation which vaccinates badgers, and strongly believes the culls are a political issue.
The 49-year-old said: “I think this is about the government getting on the right side of the Countryside Alliance and has got nothing to do with TB.
“If it was they would be testing the badgers and releasing the figures.”
The protesters are in favour of alternative methods of reducing TB in cattle such as vaccination which they say are cheaper and more effective than killing badgers.
The wildlife sculpturer says they expect to be greeted by a thousand people in London.
Already they have raised £1,200 on their Go Fund Me page which will help fund the costs for vaccinating badgers.
Each walker is also being sponsored individually.
The walkers have had to hike through wind, rain and scorching heat, and even Brody the dog – one of the two dogs on tour with them, had to stop and rest.
Jess Daniels came all the way from Yorkshire to be a part of the protesting troopers.
The 66-year-old said: “It’s great camaraderie and we have all been there to lift each other’s spirits.
“People think the cull has stopped but it hasn’t.
“All this is increasing awareness and letting people know this is still going on.”
Go to greatbadgertrail.weebly.com to support the campaign.
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