Tuesday 24 April 2018

Rock star hits out in riff over badger cull

Ryan Hooper

Rock star Brian May has renewed calls for the British government to abort its plans to cull thousands of badgers in an attempt to tackle bovine tuberculosis (TB).

The Queen guitarist, 65, met with animal welfare supporters for a march through Westminster yesterday in protest at the cull.

Pilot culls in west Gloucestershire and west Somerset, two bovine TB hotspots, are due to start from today.

If successful, the British government plans to roll out culling more widely in hotspots for the disease, which can be transmitted from badgers to livestock and between cattle.

But experts, including scientists behind the long-term trial, have raised concerns that the policy will have "unimpressive" results in reducing TB and suggested it does not make economic sense.

May, a long-time supporter of the campaign to spare badgers from the cull, said: "The great bit of new information is it has now been demonstrated that the cull cannot make economic sense. It will lose the taxpayer money, rather than saving it.

"It is a very good time for Mr Cameron to reconsider and withdraw from this monstrous cull in the public interest."

The government has said the cull is necessary to stop increasing outbreaks of TB in dairy and beef herds.

Irish Independent

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