Bodger & Badger, the puppet and puppeteer children’s entertainers, have produced a new YouTube video in order to condemn an ongoing badger cull.
The slapstick sketch carries a serious message as the pair come out of retirement to deliver a damning verdict on a bid by farmers to kill 100,000 of the animals in a bid to prevent the spread of bovine TB amongst cattle.
Last aired on BBC1 in 1991 the one-off special saw the duo team up with animal welfare charity Care For The Wild to bring their mashed potato antics to a new audience.
Commenting on his newest piece creator Andy Cunningham said: “When we heard this cull was really going to go ahead, Badger and I thought we ought to do something because the case for culling just doesn’t add up."
Philip Mansbridge, chief executive of Care for the Wild, added: “The episode Andy came up with is fantastic – it’s typical Bodger and Badger with all the slapstick you’d expect, but the satirical edge to the comedy is very strong.
“The video ends with the message that the badger cull is not a joke, and it’s not – farmers lives are being destroyed by bovine TB, cattle are being killed in their thousands, and now the plan is to kill 100,000 badgers.
“But Care For The Wild is following the science on this, which says that a cull will not work. We need people to realise that vaccination is a viable alternative, and we need people who don’t know what’s about to happen to find out about it."