‘Brian May compares killing badgers to killing people with Aids’

Posted on October 19, 2012


Today (19th October), an item was posted on telegraph.co.uk titled ‘Brian May compares killing badgers to killing people with Aids’.

‘… Brian May has compared killing badgers to stop cattle disease to killing people to prevent the spread of Aids in the 1980s –

A badger cull is set to go ahead in West Gloucestershire and West Somerset in the next few days.

Farmers want to kill 70 per cent of badgers in each area because they claim the animals are spreading the cattle disease bovine Tuberculosis.

But Mr May said not all badgers have bovine TB and in any case cows do not necessarily catch the disease from badgers.

Therefore he said the cull was ‘ludicrous’ as it will not stop the spread of the disease.

He compared the policy to killing 70 per cent of people in the 1980s, when Aids first came to light in the media and people did not necessarily know how the illness was spread …

“You know we had an aids epidemic or it seemed that way in Britain in the 80s,” he explained. “A certain number of people had Aids and we were all frightened that we were all going to get it. So just supposing the government had said well you know what lets just kill 70 per cent of people who have Aids. But you know it is worse than that because what they are doing with the badgers is, no let’s kill 70 per cent of all people and see if that improves the situation. It’s so illogical it actually boggles the mind.”

Freddie Mercury, who founded the band Queen with Mr May, died of bronchopneumonia brought on by Aids in 1991.

Mr May has campaigned alongside the RSPCA and other animal welfare groups against the planned cull.

The Team Badger coalition claim that the cull will cost taxpayers millions of pounds and could make the spread of bovine TB even worse as badgers flee cull areas for other regions of the country.

“The fault in the argument is that the badgers are not to blame,” said Mr May. “There are so many reasons why cows come down with bovine tb among other diseases. It’s connected with their immune system, it’s connected with their welfare, connected with their diet and the land that they graze on. The water which they drink and I can show you so many papers from farmers who absolutely dismiss the idea that badgers are to blame.” …

Defra (Department for the Environment) have insisted the policy will go ahead.

Natural England have now finished surveying the two areas to establish how many badgers can be killed.

Up to 3,000 badgers could be killed in West Gloucestershire and up to 4,000 in West Somerset.

Farmers say there are expecting the final go-ahead from officials to start shooting badgers to be issued in the next few days …’

Read the item in full and add your comment online at www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/9618577/Brian-May-compares-killing-badgers-to-killing-people-with-Aids.html


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