September 18, 2012 15:57
Brian May steps up campaign to save badgers - watch
Queen guitarist and 'Team Badger' founder appears on BBC Breakfast to defend his favourite creatures
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.
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