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Queen's Brian May joins badger cull rally in Bristol

By matt_2009  |  Posted: September 11, 2012

  • Queen’s Brian May joins badger cull rally in Bristol.

  • Queen’s Brian May joins badger cull rally in Bristol.

  • Queen’s Brian May joins badger cull rally in Bristol.

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Queen guitarist Brian May joined a public rally against Government plans to reduce badger numbers at College Green in Bristol this afternoon.

The event marked the launch of a new national campaign called 'Stop the Cull' – a united response by leading animal welfare charities opposed to the proposed shooting of badgers which is due to take place in the South West later this month.

The Government says that culling will help combat cattle tuberculosis, which costs the UK more than £100 million per year.

With campaigners holding posters, placards and donning face paint and badger masks surrounding him, Mr May, founder of the Save Me campaign called for the vaccination of cattle.   

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"Badgers are not the cause of Bovine TB that's a grave misunderstanding," he said.

"The major cause of infection is cow to cow. It's been estimated that 80 per cent of the infection is from cow to cow. There probably is a contribution from badgers but that's because the badgers have been infected by the cows."

He added: "Culling badgers has been shown time and time again not to work. In the end vaccination is the only way to get immunity in cattle."

After news came in that the Badger Trust lost its appeal against the high court today ruling that the badger cull is lawful, Mr May remained defiant:

"It looks bad but things can change very fast. The battle isn't lost yet."

The guitarist urged people to sign a petition going round to try and get the Prime Minister David Cameron to reverse his decision.

"If it goes ahead, it's a tragedy," he said.

Also speaking at rally were RSPCA Chief Executive Gavin Grant, director of the Humane Society International, Mark Jones and Steve Jones a former dairy farmer.

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  • misswiliams  |  September 26 2012, 10:18AM

    Anti-badger culling petition passes 100,000-signature milestone! http://tinyurl.com/99yca5n

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  • Charlespk  |  September 13 2012, 8:42AM

    Me being a "Toff", I've had a brass plate made saying "Reserved for Dodgy B". I used a local firm of course. . Thisis Bristol. http://tinyurl.com/9bexy3j (open in a new window)

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  • Charlespk  |  September 13 2012, 8:01AM

    No Dodgy! . . There's one with your name on it. . It's been reserved especially. There's no hiding place.

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  • dodgethebulle  |  September 12 2012, 10:46PM

    Haha Charlie boy.. the only people that are likely to be seeing the inside of a jail are the marksmen for shooting a protester!

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  • Charlespk  |  September 12 2012, 8:27PM

    There are jails waiting.

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  • Charlespk  |  September 12 2012, 8:27PM

    There are jails waiting.

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  • dodgethebulle  |  September 12 2012, 8:23PM

    Charlespk.. Do you really think the anti cull campaigners are going to sit back and let our badgers be culled !! I already know of a few activists who have jobs as field surveyors haha! We will know where they are shooting before the shooters do :-) We need 100,000 people to sign now. Please share, tell your friends and sign. We need your help. There are 65,000 people who reach 1.5m friends so please share and sign NOW http://tinyurl.com/8odb3eg https://submissions.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38257/signature/new

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  • dodgethebulle  |  September 12 2012, 8:15PM

    We need 100,000 people to sign now. Please share, tell your friends and sign. We need your help. There are 65,000 people who reach 1.5m friends so please share and sign NOW http://tinyurl.com/8odb3eg https://submissions.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38257/signature/new

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  • dodgethebulle  |  September 12 2012, 8:15PM

    Badger culling is "ineffective", the expert behind the UK's biggest review of the links between badgers and tuberculosis in cattle, said on Monday. Professor Lord John Krebs was the government adviser responsible for the scientific review in the 1990s which found that badgers were a "reservoir" of bovine TB and could transmit the disease to cattle. He called for trial culls, which were then carried out. But he said on Monday the results of the trials showed that culling was "not an effective policy" and would be a mistake." http://tinyurl.com/69sqykf We need 100,000 people to sign now. Please share, tell your friends and sign. We need your help. There are 65,000 people who reach 1.5m friends so please share and sign NOW http://tinyurl.com/8odb3eg https://submissions.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38257/signature/new

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  • Charlespk  |  September 12 2012, 1:49PM

    I'm so sorry Peaceman99. . Does it hurt? You didn't tell me that. http://tinyurl.com/25evu3 (open very carefully then)

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