US protester Reid says 'no basis for cull'
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."