Queen’s singer Brian May has criticized the selective killing of badgers in England, calling it a “bloodbath” on social networks.
The comments came as the English government is working to end the spread of bovine tuberculosis (TB) in cattle, which has led to widespread badger kills.
Taking to social media, the iconic guitarist revealed that he is working on a new documentary in collaboration with the BBC, investigating the spread of the disease on farms in the UK.
In the film, May said she visited a farm in south Wales “in search of the truth” about whether the root cause of the problem is mainly badgers transmitting bovine TB to cattle, and whether or not killing badgers will reduce the proliferation.
“And so come home with another piece of the puzzle,” he said, on his way home from a visit to the farm. “But at least my hat is off to Wales for looking for a humane solution. Unfortunately, England is a bloodbath.”
“I promise I will not give up until the Truth is known,” he said.
In another update on Instagram on the same day, May post a photo with Vivian, the farmer he met in south Wales, revealing that although he was “carefully looking after his cattle”, he had lost everything to the disease, as well as his livelihood and that of his family .
“In the ten years since this happened, the situation has gotten worse for ranchers, which shows the need for a massive rethink,” he said, referring to the SICCT skin test for bovine tuberculosis, which, in In many cases, it is an unreliable way to test cattle for the disease.
“It was all a tragic mistake … and farmers have been disastrously failed by governments from Cameron onwards,” he said. “We dare to hope that we can help end this fiasco. If we can’t, more misery awaits British farmers.”
In a third post, he again criticized the English government for issuing a badger cull as a solution to the problem, noting that the problem was still growing after last year’s spate, which means another solution is needed .
“The problem got worse last year, and there are no more badgers to kill, so we are realizing that badgers are not the cause of all this,” he explained. “The source of re-infection is in the herd,” he said, saying that the spread is due to “undetected” cases of the disease in cattle.
Last year, Jeremy Clarkson spoke out against Brian May’s protection of animals, calling them “bastards.”
In other Brian May news, the Queen guitarist recently revealed that he regrets never having the opportunity to collaborate with John Lennon.