According to the U.K. Daily Express, Queen Guitarist Brian May joined about 50 people fighting the badger cull during their nightly patrol near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire on Friday.
The British government initiated the controversial West Country pilot culls because it believes they will solve the problem of tuberculosis in cattle, believed to be spread by badgers.
The National Farmers Union confirmed that the West Somerset cull began last week. Five thousand badgers are expected to be killed over the next six weeks.
May, a member of the Team Badger campaign, launched an online petition to support the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and their fight to end animal cruelty. More than 300,000 people have added their names to the petition – more signatures than any other on the official government website.
He addressed supporters at the pilot site saying, “I’m here to support our people on the ground doing what they can to observe and try to save the lives of badgers. I believe the Government is doing something very immoral in our name, using our money. Once the country sees what is going on with the brutality and the senselessness of this Government policy I don’t believe Britain will stand for it. We are a decent animal-loving people.”
May went on to say, “It’s a desperate situation and a bloody situation. If this rolls out all through England it’s a disaster. The only thing that will solve the bovine TB problem is vaccination, for badgers and cows. Successive governments have been dragging their feet.”