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Riders on the bus to support badgers

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: May 03, 2013

FURRY SUPPORT: Jilly Cooper hugs one of the anti-badger cull supporters

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WRITER Jilly Cooper jumped on a bus as she gave her support to those opposing a badger cull in Gloucestershire.

The best-selling author joined the Badger Battle Bus campaign on Wednesday.

She met up with the Animal Aid and Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting (GABS) vehicle, which is touring the county this week to garner support opposing the culls.

She met up with campaigners in Bisley, close to where she lives.

They have been asking all political parties to declare if they will support their aims of stopping the planned cull of 2,500 badgers in the county from going ahead in June.

A spokesman for GABS said: "It's great that Gloucestershire badgers have the support of national celebrities like Jilly Cooper.

"She can help bring this whole issue to wider public attention before the shooting starts in the summer. We have been touring the county in the Badger Battle Bus and had wide ranging support from local people against the cull."

Tour manager Andrew Butler said: "The last cull was postponed but some people think it was stopped altogether.

"So this tour is about reminding people about the Government's plan to start the cull in the summer.

"We have been running the tour right up until election day. Some candidates may well have lost votes because of their stance."

Jeanne Berry, from GABS, added: "We've not found a single person in favour of the cull."

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  • mmjames  |  May 15 2013, 11:38AM
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  • Clued-Up  |  May 06 2013, 10:26PM

    @mmjames Re "Even 300,000 signatures would not be 92% of 60 million" ... The "92% oppose the cull" statement doesn't relate to the e-petition, it's based on large numbers of people (who must be representative of the population as a whole) answering a neutrally put question about their support for / opposition to the badger cull. A professionally done polling (or sampling) exercise can produce from the answers given by around 1,000 respondents a very accurate picture of the viewpoint(s) of a very much larger population (eg the 60 million). Organisations like MORI carry out polling / sampling exercises like this all the time (eg to predict which of the political parties will win an election and how many MPs each party will gain). The e-petition isn't predictive of the PERCENTAGE of the population opposing the badger cull, though it does indicate the very strong public opposition to it. The e-petition against the cull attracted the second highest number of signatures of any e-petition and the sign-up rate was extremely fast. By contrast, a counter e-petition in support of the cull attracted very few signatures.

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  • mmjames  |  May 06 2013, 10:18AM

    Still short of that maths lesson! Even 300,000 signatures would not be 92% of 60 million.

  • Clued-Up  |  May 04 2013, 9:48AM

    Voters gave the Tories and LibDems the thumbs down in Thursday's elections. Now's the time to remind the ConDem government they need to show more respect for the voters. Around 92% people oppose the badger cull. Stop the cull NOW!

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