More than 100 campaigners braved the rain in Bedford to hold a vigil against the badger cull.
The event on Monday evening was organised by Bedford Badger Trust branch and wildlife charity Care for the Wild to protest against the badger cull taking place in the south west.
The vigil began by the Butterfly Bridge along the Embankment.
Dominic Dyer, policy advisor for Care for the Wild, said: “To have a hundred plus people brave the rain to come out in Bedford and protest against the badger cull was amazing.
“They came from all walks of life, all ages, and represent the way many people in this country feel about the slaughter of an iconic animal without any scientific justification.
“Bedford isn’t even in the cull zone, but if the government rolls out this barbaric policy to other counties next year, who knows when it’ll be happening on your doorstep.
“The time to protest is now, before it’s too late for the badgers.”
Around 5,000 badgers are being culled in two pilot zones - Somerset and Gloucestershire - to tackle bovine TB.
The government insists the action is needed to help tackle a disease of cattle that has been steadily rising since the 1980s.
Those against the cull say it will have no impact on bovine TB, and could lead to local populations of badgers being wiped out.
See our slideshow of pictures kindly provided by Hedj Dollman.