Wildlife celebrities, politicians, scientists and anti-cull farmers have welcomed the appointment of a leading anti-cull spokesman as chief executive of the Badger Trust.
Dominic Dyer will take up the role on March 3. Over the last year Mr Dyer has become one of the leading opponents of the badger cull.
Mr Dyer said: “It’s a huge honour to become the CEO at such a critical time.
“For too long badgers have been exploited, abused and killed and I look forward to leading the Badger Trust and working with its thousands of supporters across the country.
“The ultimate aim is to help find a long term solution to reducing bovine TB that is both good for farmers, but also provides these wonderful animals with the long-term protection which they truly deserve.”
Badger Trust chairman David Williams said: “Dominic is immensely knowledgeable and has proved himself a powerful advocate for all wildlife – we’re delighted to have him on board.
“We are pleased that Dominic will be able to continue with his role as policy advisor for Care for the Wild, as his excellent work on subjects such as international wildlife crime will sit alongside his work for us”.
Mr Dyer’s appointment has been welcomed widely by wildlife campaigners and those opposed to the cull.
Brian May, Queen guitarist and founder of the Team Badger movement, said: “Dominic’s work in the past two years, speaking up against the persecution of British wild animals, has been an example and inspiration to us all.”