Queen guitarist Brian May and Gavin Grant from the RSPCA meet 250 Team Badger protesters to oppose plans for cull of badgers in West Somerset.
Somerset residents were out in force at the weekend to join Team Badger campaigners, including rock star Brian May, to protest against the impending badger cull.
Around 250 people concerned about the cull, which could start in less than eight weeks, joined a meeting in Taunton, Somerset on Saturday evening (April 22).
Speakers joining RSPCA vice-president Dr May included RSPCA chief executive Gavin Grant, Steve Jones, a retired dairy farmer leading the “Not in this farms name campaign“, and Mark Jones from Humane Society International.
RSPCA chief executive Gavin Grant said: “It was inspiring to see so many Somerset people come out to voice their opposition to this senseless slaughter of our wildlife, and for their determination to stop it.
“It is not only the badgers of Somerset that are at risk, but the cows too. Science has shown that killing badgers is not the solution to bovine TB in cattle.
“We believe vaccination of badgers, and in due course, of cattle, is the way forward to properly and humanely combat this horrible disease, so it was brilliant to hear about local groups that have already begun vaccination programmes and others who plan more.
The planned cull was postponed last Autumn, but the Westminster Government has since announced that it will now go ahead in areas of Somerset and Gloucestershire this summer – possibly as early as June, with Dorset as a reserve area.
For more information about the RSPCA’s campaign to stop the badger cull, visit www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/campaigns/wildlife/badgers