Brian May steps up campaign to save badgers - watch

Queen guitarist and 'Team Badger' founder appears on BBC Breakfast to defend his favourite creatures

Brian May steps up campaign to save badgers - watch

Photo: PA

Queen's Brian May has spoken out in defend of badgers again - watch the video below.

The guitarist appeared on BBC Breakfast this morning to defend the striped furry creatures, who are currently under threat after farmers in England have been given a licence to shoot them in a bid to reduce tuberculosis in cattle for the first time in Gloucestershire.

May has been campaigning on the issue for some time, founding Team Badger – an umbrella organisation of numerous animal welfare groups who hope to lobby the Government to reverse the decision.

"The disease comes from cows, it doesn't come from badgers," he said. "It's a very unfair situation. Badgers have been the scapegoat for years and years and farmers have been killing badgers for many, many years now."

He added: "All the scientific evidence that's been done – 11,000 badgers were killed in the ISG [Independent Scientific Group]'s experiment…and their conclusion was that killing badgers cannot meaningfully contribute to the problem of bovine TB in cattle. It's completely unequivocal."

Turning to Adam Quinney, the vice president of the National Farmers' Union, he said: "What a hideous, awful… I don't know how you sleep at night. How do you face your kids and say 'yes we're killing thousands of badgers'."

The government hopes the licences and that the death of an estimated 100,000 badgers will help curb the scourge of TB in cattle, which led to 26,000 cows being slaughtered in 2011.

Read More On This Artist

Merchandise
More News
Honeyblood open up about drummer's recent departure
Billy Corgan rules out playing 20th anniversary gigs for 'Mellon Collie And The Infinite...
Gengahr announce last-minute London gig
Peta criticises One Direction for featuring chimp in new 'Steal My Girl' video
Kasabian cover the 'Ghostbusters' theme – listen
Jamie T kicks off first tour in four years with rowdy Bristol gig
Girls star Lena Dunham says Taylor Swift 'sings my story'
Flying Lotus releases twisted 'Ready Err Not' video – watch
'Blurred Lines' copyright dispute will go to trial in 2015, judge rules
Ibiza Rocks organisers announce new festival in Croatia
Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' named Spotify's most popular Halloween song
Perfume Genius performs 'Queen' on 'The Late Show With David Letterman' –...
She And Him share cover of Frank Sinatra's 'Time After Time' – listen
U2 suggest 2015 tour plans could see band play two different gigs in each city
The 1975 reveal new song 'Medicine', taken from BBC Radio 1's alternative...
Foo Fighters reveal new song 'Congregation' – listen
Taylor Swift to donate 'Welcome to New York' proceeds to the city's public schools
Suge Knight and comedian Katt Williams arrested for robbery
Public Enemy announce deluxe reissues of two classic albums
Damien Rice releases new song 'The Greatest Bastard' – listen
Deerhoof reveal destructive new 'Mirror Monster' video – watch
Parquet Courts reveal first collaboration with PC Worship – hear 'Fell Into The Wrong...

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM