Monday 22 January 2018

Brian joins badger cull protest

Brian May is opposing plans for a badger cull
Brian May is opposing plans for a badger cull

Brian May has joined protesters battling "insane" plans for a mass badger cull.

The legendary guitarist with rock group Queen has thrown his weight behind opponents mounting a legal challenge to the plan.

The Badger Trust charity is fighting to get a controversial TB Eradication Order (Wales) 2009 quashed.

The order opened the way for the Welsh Assembly Government to begin a mass cull of badgers in parts of west Wales as early as May.

Charity chiefs began arguing their case today at the High Court sitting at the Swansea Civil Justice Centre, in south Wales.

The 61-year-old guitarist sat through a morning of argument by the Trust's barrister who questioned the grounds on which the order was granted.

Brian then hit out at the planned badger cull during the lunch-time break and claimed the decision was based on bad science.

"This would be genocide. To me countries do not matter. Badgers are not British they belong to the world and they belong to everyone," he said.

He said the cull programme made no more sense than if it could be proved that by killing all ginger-haired people small pox could be eradicated.

"Anyone would think that doing that was insane but that is what we are proposing to do to badgers. Well that's how I feel about it anyway."

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