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Queen guitarist Brian May joins fight over badger cull

22 March 2010 - BBC News

Queen guitarist Brian May has joined a legal challenge in Swansea to try to stop a plan to cull badgers in parts of mid and west Wales.

Animal charity the Badger Trust has applied to the High Court for a judicial review of the proposed cull, aimed at combating bovine TB infection. The Badger Trust began arguing its case earlier at the High Court sitting at the Swansea Civil Justice Centre.

Brian May sat through a morning of argument by the Badger Trust's barrister who questioned the grounds on which the order was granted. He hit out at the planned badger cull during the lunch-time break and claimed the decision was based on bad science. "This would be genocide. To me countries do not matter. Badgers are not British they belong to the world and they belong to everyone," he said. He said the cull programme made no more sense than if it could be proved that by killing all ginger-haired people small pox could be eradicated. Anyone would think that doing that was insane but that is what we are proposing to do to badgers."

The barrister spearheading the charity's legal challenge, David Wolfe, argued insufficient weight had been given to other alternatives to the cull when the assembly government took its decision. High Court Judge Mr Justice Lloyd Jones is scheduled to listen to continued arguments in Swansea for two days.

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