PUBLISHED: 13:16, Sat, Sep 12, 2020 | UPDATED: 13:16, Sat, Sep 12, 2020
Queen star Brian May, 73, has spoken out after the government announced the UK’s biggest ever badger cull, involving 64,000 kill licences. The Department for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) policy is intended to reduce the spread of bovine TB, which can be devastating to cattle.
However, charities such as The Wildlife Trust have argued that the cull will result in the unnecessary deaths of healthy badgers and some which have already been vaccinated.
The musician shared a lengthy Instagram post to address his views on the issue in view of his 2.5 million followers.
Brian admitted the situation has left him feeling “heartbroken” and described the cull of the animals as “unjustifiable murder”.
The performer said in a short video after playing a melancholic melody on his guitar: “Some blue notes, are they major or minor? They’re just blue.
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Brian May admits he’s ‘heartbroken’ as he speaks out on 'terrible news' (Image: GETTY•INSTAGRAM•BRIANMAY)
Brian May played his guitar before addressing the badger cull in a video (Image: INSTAGRAM•BRIANMAY)
“I’m feeling very blue tonight because we have some terrible news, which is that the government is backing a badger cull, bigger than ever before.”
Brian then added in the caption: “I’m actually heartbroken and angry beyond words.
“I actually recorded this a couple of nights ago as a long post - and I’ve been struggling with whether to put it up or not. So now I just decided to post this fragment.
“Perhaps it will make little sense unless you know the endless battle that has been fought by decent people to stop the unjustifiable murder of thousands of badgers in Britain.”
Brian May described the badger cull as 'unjustifiable murder' (Image: GETTY)
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