Brian May has been singled out by the UK branch of People for Ethical Treatment of Animals as the Person of the year for his efforts to help stop the culling of badgers. May's group, Save Me, formed Team Badger alongside PETA and other animal protection groups to combat a government plan to slaughter Britain's badgers in the countryside. The plan was aimed at reducing tuberculosis in cattle.
PETA's Mimi Bekhechi said of the Queen guitarist: "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."
May says he got involved in fighting the badger plan because it was based on bad science:
"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."
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