It was a real pleasure to be one of the speakers at the West Midlands Vegan Festival 2012 in Wolverhampton last Saturday, 27th October and to have the opportunity to talk about the badger cull campaign “stop the cull”, that the League has been so closely involved in these last few hectic months.
My talk was originally scheduled while the cull was still due to go ahead. However, after last week’s dramatic events, it was great to have the opportunity to share the positive news to the forty or so people who attended, about the cull being postponed, hopefully forever, and about the overwhelming vote, by 157 to 28, against it in the House of Commons.
I also spoke about the events that led up to last week’s decision by the Government: the concerted campaign over many months by the League, the other members of Team Badger, including Brian May, and everyone else who opposed the cull; the incredible public response, including the 160,000 signatures on the Government e-petition, which prompted the House of Commons debate and vote; and the way in which the campaign captured the media’s attention and imagination.
I also highlighted the League’s high profile activities last Wednesday, including our boat trip in front of the Houses of Parliament; the “badger dance” march across Westminster Bridge, with members of the Artful Badger dance troop and musicians from the Rhythms of Resistance; and the lobby of MPs by ourselves and many others, all of which acted as a curtain raiser for the House of Commons debate the following day.
You’ll be pleased, but not too surprised I hope, to hear that the people of the West Midlands are as opposed to the cull as everyone else, and as glad that it’s been postponed, as I say, hopefully forever.
As you’ll see from the photo, this year’s Vegan Festival was really well attended, with well over 2,000 people coming along, a significant increase on previous years. The League also had a stand, which was run by our very own John Cooper and colleagues. All in all a great event.