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Brian May

Musician, astrophysicist, and advocate for animals, most widely known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen, gives his views on the Welsh Assembly Government’s decision to "cull" badgers.


(Brian May, outside Swansea court, Arch, 2010, supporting the legal challenge to WAG's badger "cull)

SAVE THE BADGER

To all those who have pledged their time and energy to fighting for justice for Badgers in Wales. I wanted to pledge my support for the campaign you are fighting, to overthrow a decision which is so obviously wrong, it defies understanding.

The disease at the centre of this appalling tragedy is called Bovine TB. The history of the establishment of this virus in populations of Cattle in the British Isles is well documented. It did NOT, of course come from Badgers (or it would presumably have been called "Badger TB") - it was allowed to flourish because of intensive farming methods, and was spread around the UK by farmers moving cattle around to maximise the profit that could be made from them when they were slaughtered. Badgers were infected by the cattle, entirely innocent of any wrong-doing except being in the vicinity of these diseased farm animals.

The only scientific study of the control of the disease concluded that the slaughter of badgers did NOT achieve control of Bovine TB. This is not guesswork…thousands of badgers died to prove this fact. To go ahead now and start murdering these innocent creatures goes against any logic, and is an act of madness and cruelty. We simply do not have the right to slaughter animals who have just as much right to live in our country as we do. In the name of justice, reason and human kindness, this decision must be swept away.

The recent economic melt-down has reminded what happens when we make decisions based only on making profits, and in this case, it has been shown that this course of action does not even make sense economically. Hilary Benn was able to make the informed and humane decision for England - to proceed towards inoculating both badgers and Cattle. It's time for the people of Wales to demand that this appalling decision be thrown out...and demand decency.

Wales does not need to go forward over the dead bodies of these precious native creatures. All power to you, who care.

Brian May, 4th March, 2010

 

ON THIS SITE

With the Welsh Assembly Government declaring that they intend carrying out the mass slaughter of Badgers within the next few months, time is of the essence. All those who oppose their actions need to start talking to each other. We need to join together. We need to plan a a coordinated response. And, we need to do that now!

Save The Badger was set up as an umbrella group to coordinate the campaign against the Welsh Assembly Government's plan to slaughter badgers by the thousand in Wales in early 2010. It will of course also fight any similar plans by the Westminster government or any of the other devolved powers in the UK.

Please take the time to look through the pages on our site.

 We will try to bring you any up to date information and news which is of particular relevance – if you want more general information, please go to one of the other sites where you will find a lot of background information.

We will also periodically feature the views and opinions of prominent individuals who oppose the WAG decision. We begin with a piece by Welsh writer and environmental activist, John Evans. This is a must read!

Don't forget, we want to hear your news, and we also want you views. We must unite together to fight this premeditated act of barbarity.

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"The evidence is that a badger cull on a scale or level of efficiency that seems feasible will not solve cattle farmers' problem – that problem is truly serious. Understandably, the feeling is that something must be done, but the evidence is that it should not be a badger cull." Sir David Attenborough

“We must not make badgers scapegoats for bovine TB”. Joanna Lumley

"I say no to this or any other badger cull and I urge all caring people to do the same. Get rid of ignorance, not badgers.” Benjamin Zephaniah

 

 

 

 

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