I’m not the type of person that can say silent when something is happening that I disagree with. I have to speak, take action, do something. I am not a part of the silent majority. I believe that in order to invoke change, you need to do something about it. Staying silent gets you nowhere.
Some may say what can one person do? What change can you hope to effect on your own? Well, on my own, not much, but in a collective of similar minds, a lot.
The change I want to effect is to quash the badger cull which is due to take effect in June 2013. For those who aren’t aware, the Government originally planned the cull last year, in an effort to bring TB under control.
After over 150,000 signed a petition against the cull, scientists confirmed that a badger cull would not help matters and indeed would make it worse, the MPs voted and with a majority of 147 to 28 voting against the cull.
Despite all of this, the Goverment has now done an aboutface and rescheduled the cull.
I can’t help but think that the badger is merely the scapegoat for the fox. Foxhunting is now illegal and Mr Cameron’s friends need something to shoot. Why when faced with public opinion, it’s own MPs voting against and the scientific community asking that this cull be stopped, is it still going ahead?
I, like many many others have posted the E-Petition link on Twitter, on Facebook, and now I add it to this blog. There are nearly 170,000 signatures now on the petition. Don’t look at it as “There are enough people on there that have signed, I won’t bother”. That is exactly the same as if you had looked at the petition at it’s inception and said “There are only a couple of signatures, I won’t bother”.
Please bother, please sign, please don’t be a part of the silent collective that watch as things happen.
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