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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Campaigners continue fight to stop Sellafield deer cull

Protesters campaigning to stop a controversial cull of deer say they will continue until nuclear bosses tell them what is going on.

Sellafield protest photo
Protesters at the Sellafield main gate

Nine protesters from the Save the Sellafield Deer (SSD) group gathered outside the Sellafield nuclear site on Saturday, aiming to put pressure on bosses who revealed plans to shoot the deer.

The wild roe deer have been enclosed in a large area between two newly-erected security fences at the site’s south perimeter.

Sellafield Ltd bosses said that they had been advised that killing the deer was the most humane thing to do.

But the decision has been heavily criticised by animal rights’ groups.

Members of the protest group said that they had been told by locals that the cull had already started, and they were now demanding answers from bosses at Sellafield.

Gayle McCrickerd, from SSD, said: “We will carry on until we are told what’s going on, so we know for sure. There are rumours [the cull] has already begun.

“We want the deer to be let out of the fences. We don’t see why they need to cull them. They can just open the fences and let them out. We are appealing for information on whether it has started or not. We just want them to do the most human thing.”

This is the second such protest, after a group from Radiation Free Lakeland spent about two hours outside Sellafield chanting “free the deer” last month.

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