Brian May: Heartbroken and angry – 12 Sept 2020
I’m actually heartbroken and angry beyond words. I actually recorded this a couple of nights ago as a long post – and I’ve been struggling with whether to put it up or not. So now I just decided to post this fragment.
Perhaps it will make little sense unless you know the endless battle that has been fought by decent people to stop the unjustifiable murder of thousands of badgers in Britain. I’m so disgusted and disappointed in this government. Now that we can see for certain that there is NO evidence that killing badgers will solve the bovine TB problem in cattle farming, and we have proved at Gatcombe that the disease can be eradicated IN THE HERD without killing any wildlife, Boris Johnson’s failure to stop the cull is utterly indefensible. We challenge George Eustace to produce a shred of evidence that his bloody policy is working to eradicate bovine TB.
Why did I truncate my message here ?
I had it in mind to call for action from the public. But our hands are tied. Any action against dairy farming would cripple farmers and their families, many of whom are decent and humane and feel as frustrated with DEFRA’s ineffective skin test and pointless wildlife culling and restrictive regulations as we do. I can’t advocate action against farmers because it would be waging war against the very humans who are hurting most from this disaster. But that leaves us with NO weapon to fight the real criminals – this government with its shameful behavior towards the environment and the animals around us. This is the worst atrocity ever committed against a native wild animal, and the recent run of Tory governments forever has the blood of these beautiful creatures on its hands. We are all the poorer for it.
As Save-Me we continue to work for the humane solution for farmers at Robert Reed’s Catacomb Farm in Devon. Please visit Save Me Trust if you want to see my account of our work there. And meanwhile … I have no way to fight this tragedy except to pray.