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Queen guitarist Brian May leads funeral parade for badgers

Queen guitarist Brian May at the protest outside Defra today. Photo: PA.

Queen guitarist Brian May led a funeral parade for badgers through the streets of central London to protest against the cull.

The mock funeral, full of sombre looking "mourners", comes as campaigners prepare to make a fresh legal challenge against the cull.

Brian May leading the funeral cortege in central London today. Credit: PA.

The last cull killed more than 2,000 badgers, campaigners say, and May has spent the past few years fighting against it.

The government insists the cull is the best way to stop the spread of bovine tuberculosis, but activists say the cull is killing healthy badgers and vaccines could be used to stop the spread of the disease instead.

The guitarist appeared sombre throughout the parade. Credit: PA.

Back in 2013, Mr May appeared in the hit song "Save the Badger Badger Badger", on vocals and guitar.

Today he appeared much more sombre and did not sing during his speech to the assembled crowd of around 100 protesters, dressed either in black or as badgers.

We are on the verge of disbelief that the Government thinks it can go ahead. We are here today to mark the death of over 2,000 badgers in a cull that has really achieved nothing. We are absolutely outraged that the Government would be carrying on with a cull that has already failed.

– Brian May