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Brian May calls on Parliament to halt badger cull

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Queen guitarist Brian May has joined wildlife experts in Westminster to urge the government to abandon the next stage of the badger cull, which is due to resume this Autumn.

The scheme was trialled in Somerset, Gloucestershire and Dorset as part of efforts to fight TB in cattle. Natural England is now considering extending culling licences across nine counties including a few in the West Country.

Counties being considered for the licence:

  • Cheshire
  • Cornwall
  • Devon
  • Dorset
  • Gloucestershire
  • Herefordshire
  • Somerset
  • Wiltshire
  • Worcestershire
The government 'wants to see more' badger culls after the 'success' of West culls. Credit: PA

The musician Brian May, who's been trying for years to change the badger cull policy, was in Westminster to unveil his latest campaign tool, a badger mosaic made up of tiny selfies of celebrities and members of the public opposed to the cull.

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How can you possibly justify rolling out a cull when the existing cull hasn't worked. They called it a pilot cull, whether it is or not doesn't really matter. It's certainly not a scientific experiment.

The only proper scientific experiment that's been done concluded, after killing 11 thousand badgers, that culling badgers can make no meaningful contribution to the control of TB in cattle and that still stands.

– brian may

He hopes a new Prime Minister and perhaps a new Environment Secretary might take the opportunity to take a fresh look at this issue - the question is, with everything else there is to deal with, how high it will be on Theresa May's agenda.