Campaigners "badgered" the coalition today to stop thousands of agricultural workers being condemned to poverty wages.
Unite union members, some dressed as the stripey animal, protested outside a government department in a last-ditch attempt to save the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB).
Farming Minister and Liberal Democrat MP David Heath has said scrapping the board would cut red tape, "saving farmers significant time, effort and money."
But Unite says more than 150,000 workers and their families in England and Wales could be "plunged into poverty" if the department axe the AWB.
"The badger protest makes a serious point - if the government could stop the cull of the badger population very abruptly, they could easily do the same for the AWB," said Unite national officer Julia Long.
"The government is pushing this through with indecent haste, no doubt influenced by the vested interests of the big employers that want to drive wages down to poverty levels.
"A total of 154,000 workers rely on the AWB to maintain some sort of income on which to bring up their families.
"The abolition of the AWB will see £140 million a year taken from low-paid workers and kept by the employers, who will also pocket millions more in holiday, overtime and sickness pay that they won't have to fork out," she added.
Welsh government Deputy Minister for Farming Alun Davies has announced he opposes the policy and is exploring options to maintain the function of the board in Wales.
He said the AWB protected "some of the more vulnerable and poorer-paid workers in Wales who often work long and unsociable hours in difficult conditions."