Rocker Brian May has urged government officials to reconsider the planned mass slaughter of badgers by penning an opinion piece in a U.K. newspaper.
The vegetarian Queen star has become a staunch advocate for British wildlife and now he's taking aim at Prime Minister David Cameron and the country's plan to curb an outbreak of bovine tuberculosis in Somerset and Gloucester, England.
In a piece printed in the Daily Mail, May writes: "In probably less than a month's time, Cameron's Government plans to start killing thousands of badgers, a protected species... The lucky ones will die quickly. Others, targeted by high-powered rifles on night shoots, will be maimed or wounded to crawl away to a slow, painful death.
"I'm only a musician. And privately, I'm quiet by nature. But I now feel compelled to risk my reputation by speaking out against what I believe to be gross abuses of the animals around us. To give animals a voice...
"Badgers matter. They are a key species, an intrinsic element in our delicate ecosystem. Their removal would have as yet poorly understood consequences for other species such as hares, foxes and hedgehogs. They are also highly intelligent, sentient creatures. So why the cull? It is being pursued on the pretext of 'doing something' about the problem of bovine TB. Yet that 'something' is immoral, demonstrably unjustifiable by science...
"I'm not an extremist. But I am utterly opposed to pointless and wanton cruelty. Understanding of our responsibility towards animals begins with small things. It begins with the realisation that killing to solve a problem is never the answer."