Rocker and animal lover Brian May has been left sickened by the news British lawmakers have green-lit a nationwide badger cull.
The Queen guitarist has been fighting the legislation for years and had hoped his efforts were enough to call off the planned slaughter of badgers, but government officials have declared it open season on the creatures to prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis.
Taking to his Twitter.com page early on Wednesday (23Jan13) to vent his frustration, May wrote, "condemnation from the scientific community, The Govt is going ahead with the badger cull this Summer... Yes, in spite of everything, you should all be clear that the government, hand in hand with the Nfu (National Farmers Union), is going ahead with the badger massacre.
"British cattle farming, already hugely subsidised by the tax-payer over the last few years, has got itself into a Tb disaster situation. I believe that, by succumbing to pressure of 'We have to do something', they are about to make the situation much worse. A tragedy for all.
"Recent Bangor (England) report says 1 in 10 farmers are killing badgers already; with the perturbation this is causing, no surprise bTb is increasing... Badgers: Seems we're heading into a very bloody piece of history which may decide the next general election and the whole future of farming."