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US protester Reid says 'no basis for cull'

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: October 18, 2013

AWARENESS:  Badger cull protester Rebecca Reid from the USA

AWARENESS: Badger cull protester Rebecca Reid from the USA

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BEING arrested in Gloucestershire for protesting against the badger cull has not stopped American Rebecca Reid.

The 52-year-old from Pittsburgh returned home to the States after flying more than 3,500 miles to Gloucestershire to help out on the ground.

The Echo caught up with her yesterday after news broke the number of badgers killed was short of Government targets.

Mrs Reid said she had seen a spike in interest in American papers and by people in Pittsburgh.

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran the story on their front page when she arrived back home.

"It really did raise awareness back in America, and everyone was quite fascinated by it," she added.

"They need to stop this cull immediately. There is no basis for it. Any extension will just make things worse.

"I think the campaigners have made a point. They don't want the cull, they don't need the cull. The Government needs to listen to the people. It is just a ludicrous policy.

"Since I've arrived back home, I have met many people who have talked to me about it. It's something which has really encouraged me."

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  • RReid  |  October 19 2013, 4:30PM

    Charlespk: are you saying then that it is not true that one single person is on record of ever dying of raccoon-strain rabies in the USA? And I mean ever... And that person had no recollection of ever being near a raccoon, interestingly enough. So. Are you telling me that's not true? And if it's not true can your provide me with the number of human rabies deaths in the US stemming from raccoon-strain rabies, with details please. Most cases of rabies deaths in the US are from bats. Believe me, I know quite a lot about this and if you want to argue about it, bring it on... What I can't guarantee is regular responses, because I have other things to do and won't be checking this much... And I have no idea what you are talking about in the "1997" comment so I can't really respond. "And I have many American friends"??? That's funny, so do I! Anyway, your raccoon rabies science is clearly as knowledgeable as your badger/Tb knowledge. In other words, not.

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  • Charlespk  |  October 18 2013, 9:35PM

    "raccoon strain rabies" "50 percent of all animal rabies was associated with raccoons. Raccoons continue to be the most frequently reported rabid wildlife species." But each strain of this VIRUS may infect any species of mammal just as the Mycobacterium tuberculosis genus of BACTERIUM can. Are you for real Rebecca??? Or can I get my friend Charlotte Boyett-Compo to write a book about you. She's in Iowa.

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  • eyeopener  |  October 18 2013, 9:34PM

    Gosh! Listen to the names being dropped..... apparently scientific luminaries are waiting next to their computers for that special email. Are we in the company of an expert? Perhaps..... But WHERE is the evidence? Anyone who had listened at length to DEFRA now knows not to believe everything in the papers and by extension The Internet!

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  • RReid  |  October 18 2013, 2:59PM

    No... Alaska is way too close to Sarah Palin for me... ;-) Allegheny is right. Yes we do have bow hunting here. Right there too. And the city also kills 2000 wild animals a year (raccoons, groundhogs...) for nothing more than being attracted to the garden of someone who doesn't want to keep their rubbish bin sealed (or should that be "garbage can"). Or some fool is scared of rabies even though only one person is ever recorded as having caught raccoon strain rabies in the US and there is a 100% effective vaccine for it even if bitten. This is what has happened here - wildlife is a disposable commodity with no value. This is why it matters to me that that doesn't happen in "my" country (and yes it's still "my" country, I would never switch nationality). But it's what's in the process of happening if the Tory govt gets its way and I couldn't be happier that so many people are opposing it. Anyway, end of lecture kiddos.

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  • Free2opine  |  October 18 2013, 2:27PM

    Well I know little of the US, but, I might be close with Allegheny, if in fact, you do live in Pittsburgh. As this paper gets quite a lot of its information from rogue sources, you might in fact live in Alaska. In this age of enlightenment, I don't quite know why they find so many difficulties in getting their facts correct. ;0)

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  • RReid  |  October 18 2013, 2:16PM

    Oh, and there was me thinking it was just a typo Free2. What's my county then...? Careful with that one.

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  • Free2opine  |  October 18 2013, 2:10PM

    Just a small quibble with your comment.....I am having trouble finding where anybody said it was your "Country". I did say your "County" which is where I assume you reside! Have a good day.

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  • RReid  |  October 18 2013, 1:36PM

    Hello there mmJames and co... This is Rebecca R. as in article above. Can I just comment that I'm not an American... I'm from Liverpool, UK, or the Wirral to be precise. The US is not "my country" and I have no idea why the Gloucester Echo and co. keep saying I am American because well... I'm not. I'm sure it does make for a more interesting article however. As I told them, if this thing is extended, maybe I'll have to come over with a couple of "real Americans" and then you can really have something to talk about. It doesn't really matter because the cull is a ridiculous failure anyway and an embarrassment to the UK for sure. I do agree with you about the crossbows though. Nasty and should be outlawed. And GlosAnarchy, apparently you didn't read the Pittsburgh Post Gazette article which specifically refers to USDA Wildlife Services. Wait! That's 2 things we agree on! Now, run along boys (or girls). Surely you have something you need to shoot. "Have a nice day" as they say over here. ;-)

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  October 18 2013, 11:57AM

    Have any of you seen this one? - http://tinyurl.com/p3hxsvs

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  • Free2opine  |  October 18 2013, 9:43AM

    Oh dear!......wildlife in tunnels underground.....blown to smithereens :(( I hope Owen doesn't see that, it might give him ideas, then we would see the fur fly. No pun intended. ;)

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