Dead badger dumped on MP's doorstep
An outspoken Westcountry MP woke up to find a dead badger on his doorstep just days after the controversial badger cull began in Somerset.
Ian Liddell-Grainger, the Conservative MP for Bridgwater, said he assumed that the animal dumped on his doorstep was delivered by people protesting at the cull.
He said the badger appeared to have been either bludgeoned to death or poisoned.
The incident happened last weekend – a week after the pilot badger cull to combat the scourge of bovine TB got under way in West Somerset.
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“It was a distressing incident and puzzling,” Mr Liddell-Grainger, who later buried the animal, said. “We have reached a very sad state if protesters are reduced to dumping dead creatures on people’s doorsteps.
“If they had bothered to ring my bell I would happily have talked to them. Instead they sneaked up at dead of night and abandoned the animal.
“This poor badger wasn’t the victim of the cull. It had either been beaten to death or poisoned.”
Mr Liddell-Grainger went into more detail, and launched a stinging attack on cull protesters, in his column in the WMN’s sister title, the Western Daily Press.
“What was surprising was the hour of its arrival because Mrs Liddell-Grainger and I are what you might call early risers,” he wrote today.
“We are generally up and doing before the streets are aired, as we were this day. Yet this thoughtful gift had clearly been delivered even earlier.
“And that's puzzling because, while it was clearly a gesture by the pro-badger tendency, I thought most of them were in the habit of lying in bed until the pubs open, or until the postman arrives with the benefit cheque.
“Either way, since they are all malingerers and scroungers there is no real incentive to leap out of bed as soon as the dawn chorus strikes up.”
He later claimed: “Seems strange that this mob now has to resort to killing the animals they claim to want to preserve merely to make a point like this, but no more strange, perhaps, than their decision to turn their attention now to the staff of the local shoots, who are, not to mince words, being stalked on their homeward journeys by some of the aforementioned layabouts who do their best to look sinister.”