Monday, 23 July 2012

Queen guitarist Brian May criticises badger cull


Queen guitarist Brian May has spoken out against a planned cull of badgers in the West Country.
He was speaking at a meeting of The League Against Cruel Sports in Taunton on Friday evening.
On 12 July a legal bid by The Badger Trust to block a cull in England failed in the High Court.
The cull is likely to begin in Somerset and Gloucestershire later in the year. Mr May called for vaccination of cattle rather than a cull.
The government says that culling will help combat cattle tuberculosis, which costs the UK more than £100m per year.
A spokesman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said TB infection forced the slaughter of 25,000 cattle in 2010 alone.
Defra has said it is investing in developing useable vaccines but these were "years away".
Any cattle vaccine would need to be tested, trialled and approved for use by the European Union.

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