Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

Brian May to urge Parliament to halt badger cull

Queen guitarist Brian May in Newent, Gloucestershire where he is meeting with groups opposed to the badger cull. Credit: PA

Queen guitarist, Brian May is expected to join wildlife experts in Westminster today (12 July) to urge the government to abandon the next stage of the badger cull.

The scheme was trialled in Somerset, Gloucestershire and Dorset as part of efforts to fight TB in cattle and is due to resume in the Autumn.

Natural England is currently considering licences across nine counties of England:

  • Cheshire
  • Cornwall
  • Devon
  • Dorset
  • Gloucestershire
  • Herefordshire
  • Somerset
  • Wiltshire
  • Worcestershire

The existing culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset are due to enter the final year of a four-year licence; the cull in Dorset will enter the second year of a four-year licence.

In the meeting, opponents are due to unveil a gallery of photographs of celebrities who oppose the rollout.

The government 'wants to see more' badger culls after the 'success' of West culls. Credit: PA