MP responds to anti-cull protesters over dumped badger
Bridgwater MP Ian Lidell-Grainger found a dead badger on his doorstep at the weekend. Here is his response to those who dumped it there.
"A rather unusual delivery was made to me last weekend – a youngish specimen of a badger. One which, sadly, had passed on. Gone to meet its maker. An ex-badger. And there it was lying on my doorstep.Now I was not terribly surprised since badgers are two a penny round here. Had I been presented with a wildebeest or an aardvark or an ay-ay that would have been a different matter entirely. But badgers hardly excite me, dead or alive.What was surprising was the hour of its arrival. Because we are early risers, 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 (or do such things get paid straight into their accounts these days?) 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.Since I wasn't sure what to do with it I sought official veterinary guidance over the phone only to be advised to take the lately deceased animal to the people at Secret World, over at West Huntspill. Now that is the last thing I was about to do, given the fact that they have quite a bit of previous when it comes to badgers. You may recall not long ago they were hauled over the coals by the Advertising Standards Authority for adding a bit of VAT to the facts in some advertisements they ran about the badger cull in Wales.The animal striking an attitude of repose on my doorstep seemed to have been beaten to death, judging by the bloodied state of its head. I was certainly not going to present it to anyone at West Huntspill because I had an uncomfortable feeling that as soon as my back was turned they would have been on the trumpet to the nick trying to fit me up for the job.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 lay-abouts who do their best to look sinister.One of the shoot managers told me this was causing great difficulty. Some of those thus targeted barely manage to make it inside their front doors before collapsing into hysterical mirth.What pheasant shooting has to do with badger culling I have yet to fathom out, though clearly all country pursuits are now in the frame.Anyway, one of our embedded fifth-columnists has put it around that clay-pigeon shooting is very popular hereabouts so it will only be a matter of time before the rabble starts scouring the neighbourhood trying to locate whoever it is who breeds clay pigeons merely to send them off to a cruel and untimely death.
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