Queen rock legend Brian May stands up for badgers
Rock legend Brian May said he doesn’t want the countryside “stained in blood” as he dropped into Stroud to lend support to an anti-cull campaign.
The Queen guitarist was the centre of attention at a public meeting in the Old Town Hall today, convened by the Badger Trust to gather backing for their bid to protect the species.
Countryside around Stroud is one of the pilot areas for badger culling in a bid to stamp out Bovine Tuberculosis, the deadly disease the animals are believed to spread.
Mr May, 64, a long-time wildlife campaigner, said: “I’m here because I don’t want to see our wonderful wildlife slaughtered.
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“I’m not a novice in this matter. I know I’m a rock star but I know what I’m talking about.
“Vaccination is the alternative, even members of the NFU have said vaccination is the only way to eradicate this disease.
“If there is a cull, I’m almost certain we will actually see an increase in Bovine TB.”
The meeting room at the hall was packed, with at least 100 people listening to presentations from experts including badger ecologist Dr Chris Cheeseman and supporters of the animal.
Ten years ago, Mr May famously played a guitar version of God Save the Queen on the roof of Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. As she celebrates her Diamond Jubilee this weekend, he said he will watch “with interest” as ska group Madness follow in his footsteps.