BBC Inside Out SW:Brian May sees bTB Testing
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Televised 13 January 2016. Queen guitarist and animal rights campaigner Brian May has witnessed for the first time a cow condemned to death after a TB test. May told Devon farmer Brian Huxtable he was “so sorry” that the valuable animal would have to be slaughtered. The rock star campaigns against culling of badgers, an animal which has been blamed for spreading TB in cattle. More on this story on Inside Out – BBC One on Monday 11 January 19:30 GMT.
Filmed Thursday 29 October 2015 – as part of a BBC Inside Out programme produced by Anna Varle
DEVON FARMER SHOWS BRIAN MAY TB SLAUGHTER HORROR ON BBC SHOW
FARMERS GUARDIAN INSIGHT
14 Jan 2016 by Alice Singleton
Malcolm Huxtable allowed the BBC and Brian May onto his farm to show the devastation caused by cattle testing positive for bTB. A Devon farmer took to the BBC to highlight the growing need to eradicate bovine TB.
Featured on the broadcaster’s regional programmes, Inside Out South West, dairy farmer Malcolm Huxtable broke down in tears as he explained the fate of his prime Jersey cattle to anti-badger cull campaigner, Brian May.
“The cows are part of our family,” he said. “When you load up your best animals to go to slaughter in their prime of life, how long are we expected to do this?”
Dr May who said evidence showed killing badgers did not help the issue with TB, said: “In my view the cull is an enormous red herring and taking attention away from the things we should be looking at which is vaccinating cattle. In my pinion it is the only thing which can solve this madness.”
For many, including Brian May, the programme was the first time they would have seen a TB test taking place, and witnessing first hand the devastation a positive result causes for the farmer and their family.
A spokesman from NFU South West said: “While we of course wouldn’t agree to everything Brian May said, it is certain that all people watching would be left in no doubt about the distress TB causes to farmers and their families.