DAY 234: IN THE UK- I KISSED A MAN-BADGER OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT AFTER DYING ON THE TUBE
I’ll be brief because I’m exhausted.
I’ve just come back from pretending to die on the underground dressed as a badger.
I’ve been doing this with members of Network for Animals and a performance group called Artful Badger in protest at the upcoming badger cull in the UK. I ended up kissing another man-badger in front of an anti-gay marriage protest outside parliament (see video below). It’s always good to tackle two issues at once.
As some of you may know, on the 1st of June the government in the UK plans to go ahead with a highly controversial cull which will see thousands of our black and white fury friends shot dead around the west of the country in an attempt to control the severe rate of tuberculosis (TB) in cows. The idea stinks. Not only will it result in huge death and suffering for the badgers but multiple top independent scientists have agreed it will likely do little for the cows and might actually make it worse.
I’ll go into this in more detail later but this has awoken me from my political slumber. I only voted in the last election because I wanted to see if I could mark the paper with an X whilst closing my eyes. And I’ve never understood why people get angry at politicians – it’s not a job I would want so I’m unwilling to throw any rotten tomatoes. But now I understand what motivates protests and marches.
Not only has the idea of the cull been opposed by a majority of MPs in a non-binding vote last Autumn but its also goes massively against public opinion. I don’t understand where the democracy bit fits in. I’ve looked at the arguments closely and it seems the ONLY reason the coalition could be doing this is to keep the National Farmers Union happy by taking some sort of action – however badly – rather than doing nothing.
So in protest I joined Network for Animals and the wonderful performance group, Artful Badger and went ‘underground to die’. Sort of. It’s artistic licence innit. The point is that when people shoot the badgers its highly likely that many badgers will not be killed immediately and retreat to their setts to die a slow death underground.
At the end of the day, when we saw a large group of people protesting about gay marriage outside parliament we thought we steal their limelight for a moment by kissing same-sex infront of the cameras. The christians went crazy at us with one man saying that gays die much younger.
Weirdly I look like I’m totally and utterly drunk, which I am not. Kind of weird. But worth it for the badgers I suppose.
WRITE TO DEFRA TO COMPLAIN ABOUT THE BADGER CULL HERE