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    Thu, 03 Jan 2013 11:26:35

    Queen's Brian May Named PETA U.K.'s Person of the Year - He is battling for badges

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    Queen's Brian May has been named PETA U.K.'s Person of the Year.

    May's Save Me formed Team Badger alongside PETA and various other animal welfare groups, according to the NME.com.

    PETA's Mimi Bekhechi said, "In his fight to save Britain's badgers, Brian May never backed down: he spread his message of compassion for animals through everything he said, wrote and even wore until the world sat up and paid attention. His tenacity and boldness are an inspiration to kind people everywhere."

    Farmers in England were given the autonomy to shoot badgers on site in a bid to reduce tuberculosis in cattle for the first time in Gloucestershire.

    "The disease comes from cows, it doesn't come from badgers," May has explained. "It's a very unfair situation. Badgers have been the scapegoat for years and years and farmers have been killing badgers for many, many years now."

    He added: "All the scientific evidence that's been done – 11,000 badgers were killed in the ISG [Independent Scientific Group]'s experiment…and their conclusion was that killing badgers cannot meaningfully contribute to the problem of bovine TB in cattle. It's completely unequivocal."

    What can you do to help protect animal rights?

    —Katie Sheehan
    01.03.13



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