Queen’s Brian May battles for threatened badgers
Published: September 19, 2012 02:37PM
Updated: September 19, 2012 02:38PM
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British musician Brian May gestutes as he stands on a cherry picker to launch the national Team Badger campaign, in front of a giant billboard, on Cromwell road, west London, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. A rock star is facing off against British farmers, over badgers. The government has issued licenses for the country's first badger cull, and soon snipers will be roaming in search of the animals. But Queen guitarist Brian May is leading a band of badger defenders vowing to stop them. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

London • There’s a battle over badgers in Britain — and rock star Brian May is facing off against the country’s farmers.

For animal-loving Britons, the burrowing black-and-white creatures are a beloved part of the landscape. But to cattle farmers they are a menace, spreading bovine tuberculosis, a disease that can devastate herds.

This week the government approved a plan to kill badgers in some parts to slow the spread of infection.

May, the Queen guitarist, belongs to a coalition of animal welfare groups who are determined to stop the cull, which he calls “horrific.”

They have gathered over 55,000 signatures and hope to convince the government to scrap the idea.

May said Wednesday he’s confident “the public will speak and they won’t allow the government to get away with this.”