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10 January, 2018

Job Done - Bri on Fox Hunting Repeal

Hurrah ! Of course nobody thinks this decision is due to a sudden flood of compassion in the bosom of Theresa May !  But it's a welcome decision of course.  All credit to Michael Gove who is the power behind this move. But these things do not happen all by themselves. We can now say that Foxes,

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20 December, 2017

Save Me Trust is appalled that a further 19,274 Badgers have been culled in 2017.

The continuation of the Badger cull policy raises concern not only in its operation but also in it projected outcomes. It is clear that

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15 October, 2017

Bovine TB: There is no single solution, but the problem can be solved

We can confirm that the Save Me Trust is collaborating on a project on a Devonshire dairy farm, run by a dedicated vet, that many people now think could eventually bring about the end of the badger cull.

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01 October, 2017

As badger culls begin, could one pioneering vet’s bovine TB test end the slaughter

Research at a secret location in Devon may help eradicate bovine tuberculosis without a single badger being killed, says leading vet

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29 September, 2017

For One Night Only!

Can you give up one night to help save Badgers? Wounded Badger Patrols operate every night across all 21 cull zones in England. They are a safe and legal way to help save badgers from being killed.

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13 September, 2017

Dr Bri & the First Shot Badger 2017

The killing has begun again, ramped up to kill thousands more Badgers this year.  I’m sure I’m not alone in finding these pictures very painful.  It’s pitiful to see these magnificent families of creatures being destroyed.  I’ve been involved

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12 September, 2017

Badger Cull licences issued debate BBC Farming Today Tuesday

Cull expert Prof. Rosie Woodroffe makes the point that DEFRA gave increased biosecurity advice in the cull zones so even if they could show a bTB decrease (which they can't) they couldn't

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12 September, 2017

Statement from Dr Brian May 

We are concerned and deeply disappointed that the Government has issued 11 new Badger Cull licences to add to the 10 already existing.  We have always opposed badger culling because of the cruelty and inhumaneness of free shooting badgers in open fields at night, as confirmed by the government's own Independent Expert Panel.

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31 August, 2017

Message from Dr Brian May  

Message from Dr Brian May For the badgers - and actually for us as a nation - this cull is a tragedy and a disaster.What’s less understood is that it’s a tragedy for the farmers and the cattle too. The drive behind continuing with a policy which is failing seems to be that ‘we have to be seem to do something, rather than

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30 August, 2017

Our response to news of an extended Government-led badger cull

We at Save Me are disappointed and profoundly saddened at the news that Theresa May’s government is to escalate its culling of badgers. In 2014 the governments own Independent Expert Panel (IEP) determined that

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29 August, 2017

Press Release Meet the Hedgehogs

Meet the Hedgehogs TV Documentary on Channel 5 Tuesday 20th June 2017 Everyone loves hedgehogs! Brian May, Guitar legend and founder of the supergroup Queen, will be appearing in this 60 minute documentary with Steve Backshall, Naturalist, and TV Presenter. 

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26 August, 2017

Auction by Badger Guitar Company 

Legendary Queen guitarist Brian May has signed 11 guitars made by Badger Guitars, owned by Mark Badger, which are to be made available to buy on the eBay auction website from Saturday 26th August. All proceeds will go to badger charities

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18 July, 2017

Brian's Father's Car auctioned for Wildlife

Legendary Queen guitarist and founder member Brian May has auctioned a 1952 Jowett Javelin he bought for his father Harold to raise funds to support wildlife through his charity Save Me Trust at Barons’ Connoisseurs Classic

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30 June, 2017

SI Amendment to the Hunting ACT Comparisons to the Scottish Hunting Act

Dr. Brian Mays Save Me Trust strongly opposes the government's proposals to amend the Hunting Act 2004 using a draft Order. The government proposes to use a statutory instrument to change the exemptions under the Act, in order to use an unlimited number of dogs in exempt cases.  At present, the exemptions only apply where a maximum of

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02 June, 2017

This May loves Foxes and all wildlife…

Over 84% of the British population remain opposed to fox hunting. There is no doubt that Fox hunting is a toxic issue for the Conservative party. David Cameron tried and failed, as recently as 2015, to put through an SI (Statutory Instrument) that would have effectively castrated the Hunting Act. According to the mainstream press, the reason Cameron failed was

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01 February, 2017

London Badger March & Vigil - January 2017

On a grey and bitterly cold January afternoon, the latest anti cull badger march left London’s Leicester Square promptly at 3pm.  Save Me Trust has been involved in many marches following the original London March that Brian attended in June 2012. Save Me also founded and coordinates Team Badger, the largest coalition of wildlife groups and charities ever to

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20 January, 2017

Save Me Trust Scottish Hunting Act Statement

Brian May, founder of the Save Me Trust has met Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to call for amendments to the Scottish Hunting Act 2002. The two discussed ways of strengthening the Scottish act including amending the number of dogs to be used for flushing wild mammals to a maximum of two, bringing the Scottish law in line with England and

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19 September, 2016

A Farmer speaks out; Bovine TB is a cattle problem 

A Farmer speaks out; Bovine TB is a cattle problem with the main transmission between cattle. An open letter to George Eustace Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Farming, Food and the Marine Environment from Graham Cooper

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18 September, 2016

It's time to 'can' canned hunting

The most extreme version of trophy hunting is “Canned Hunting”. The animals which are born in captivity are taken away from their mothers within hours of being born so they can be used in petting zoos. When they become of age they then spend the rest of their life in caged compounds waiting to be released in a larger compound for the so-called ‘canned’ hunt. 

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15 September, 2016

Clothes to Die for? is a new campaign by Dr. Brian May’s Save Me Trust

The international fur trade is worth at least £10 billion per year - but at what cost? Over 40 million animals are killed for their fur every year - 85% of them are bred and killed on fur farms and the rest are trapped in the wild - solely for their fur. Worse, this figure does not include the millions of rabbits killed each year for the fur trade. Shockingly, there are

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15 September, 2016

The international trade in fur is highly lucrative, with an estimated global value of £10 billion per year. Conservative estimates suggest that each year 40 million animals are killed. Over 85% are bred and killed on fur farms and the rest are trapped in the wild exclusively for their fur. This figure does not include the thousands of millions of rabbits killed for the fur trade.

The most commonly bred animals on fur farms are mink and fox, but the industry also breeds and kills polecats, raccoons, and chinchillas. It is estimated that two million cats and dogs are also killed for their fur. There are 6,500 fur farms in the EU. The European Union is the world’s largest producer of factory farmed fur. Around 30 million mink, 2 million fox and 100,000 raccoon dogs are killed each year in EU fur factory farms. Europe is responsible for 70% of global mink fur production, and 63% of fox fur production. The countries that farm the most animals for their fur are Denmark, China, and Finland.

The fur industry makes its huge profits by keeping production costs down to the bare minimum. On fur farms animals are kept in appalling conditions, crammed into row after row of tiny barren cages, and left to stand on metal bars for their entire lives. For species such as mink and fox, these conditions are especially appalling, as they are wild animals and would naturally travel many miles each day. Being caged in huge sheds, where thousands of other animals are also imprisoned, drives them insane with anxiety and fear. Repetitive movements, such as head-bobbing and circling, are commonplace.

Even the method of slaughter is chosen purely with profit in mind. Animals on fur farms are killed by electrocution (through the use of electrodes in the mouth and anus), gassing, lethal injection or neck breaking. These crude methods are employed to ensure that the pelts (the animals’ skins and fur) are not damaged. These methods are designed only to protect the valuable pelts, without any consideration for the animal’s suffering. However, the barbaric fur industry continues to thrive, fuelled by the increasing consumer demand. The renewed popularity of fur undoubtedly owes much to the expensive propaganda campaign the international fur industry has waged in recent years. Their PR campaign has been very well coordinated and funded, aimed at dispelling the moral stigma attached to wearing fur.

China is the world’s largest exporter of fur clothing and according to industry sources, the biggest fur trade production and processing base in the world.

Supporters of the fur industry often claim that trapping is a tool for wildlife management and conservation. This is untrue. Many species of wild cats such as ocelots, margays and lynx are being driven to the verge of extinction by hunting and trapping. There are under 4,000 snow leopards left in the world. Sea otters were driven to the very edge of extinction and despite protection, their numbers remain very low. The sea mink paid the ultimate price for having a beautiful fur coat – extinction.  

Fur farmers try to insist that the animals are looked after very well and that they do not suffer when they are killed. Yet undercover footage shows time and time again that the animals are going insane from their confinement, endlessly weaving and pacing in their desperation to be free. When they are killed, it often takes a few attempts to break the animals’ necks, as they try to squirm their way out of their executioner’s grip; or, if they are electrocuted, the terror as the electrodes are shoved into their mouth and anus is clear. They cry out whilst their bodies convulse - there can be no doubt that these animals are dying in agony.

03 August, 2016

Alternative Way to Control Bovine TB

An Alternative Way to Control Bovine TB by guest Blog by Peter Symonds B.Sc, C.Chem., M.R.S.C.  Bovine Tuberculosis has been around for a hundred years or more and you would have thought that it would have been controlled by now. The government official website gives good ideas to reduce bTB but for all that, cattle and wildlife are still being infected. The

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02 August, 2016

Team Badger Parliament Briefing  12 July 2016

Dr Brian May says that the badger cull has only made things worse in the war against bovine TB. Speaking outside Parliament before the launch of Team Badger’s Science Conference Brian May was scathing of David Cameron’s culling policy and called on the new Prime Minister Theresa May to hold fire on a new roll out of badger culls this year. Brian May said:

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02 August, 2016

Mays Wood: An Update 2016

It's been three years since the first saplings were planted in May's Wood in Dorset by people who came along voluntarily to help Doctor Brian May realise his dream of creating a native woodland. On September 28th, 2013, hundred's gathered to listen enthusiastically as 'Dr Brian' shared his vision of a place where wildlife and humans could enjoy the peace and tranquillity that trees and meadows can provide. "It was truly one of the most memorable and different days of my life." Dr May said after he had mingled happily with the eager participants, mainly from the nearby villages of Bere Regis and Shitterton.

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26 July, 2016

Breeding and shooting at 'live' targets

In the North of England and Scotland, the shooting of game birds and mammals is widespread. Habitat and 'predator management' are undertaken to increase game abundance and hunting bags and thus profits. The Grouse moor managers and Gamekeepers claim major conservation benefits as a result of traditional and 'sympathetic' moorland management. They say if the control of generalist predators by gamekeepers ceased, lapwing and golden plover numbers would drop by 81% and curlew by 47% within 10 years.

So what is really happening?

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05 April, 2016

It’s a disgrace says Dr Bri.  

It was a very sad day for our wild animals today.  The announcement that the badger cull will not only go ahead in England, but be extended into 5 new areas, is a tragic development, born of a deliberate distortion of the real facts of the case, supported by false promises and propaganda heaped onto the farming community.   The fact is that there

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05 April, 2016

Government plans to extend badger cull are ‘a disgrace’.

Queen Guitarist Brian May, founder of animal welfare organisation the Save Me Trust and Team Badger, a coalition of animal groups against the cull, today reacted to leaked reports the culls are to be extended into five new areas of the UK beginning in September.May today issued a statement saying: “So the Government is extending the already failed badger cull ? “Of course this kind of news is always ‘leaked’, so we can’t say we’re surprised

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05 April, 2016

The Legitimate right of Peaceful Protest

In the UK, we have a long history of reform brought about by peaceful protest - from the ‘Chartists’ and suffrages, the abolition of slavery, to the reform of our parliamentary system. We are deeply concerned about the comments of the National Farmers Union last week that claimed information relating to the badger cull being published was variously, “illegal activity,

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24 December, 2015

This is the future of Hunting! NO Cruelty, NO Lies, NO Kill 

This Boxing Day, hunts will gather to parade in villages across England and Wales for the traditional Boxing Day meet. But this year there will be a new atmosphere - a wind of change. A few months ago there was an attempt by Cameron and his merry men to undermine the Hunting Act with a ‘Statutory Instrument’. 

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24 December, 2015

A new dawn on hunting and it's humane  

“This is the future of Hunting! No Cruelty, no Lies, no Kill ” This Boxing Day, hunts will gather to parade in villages

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02 November, 2015

Leading experts say latest badger culls will not stop TB

Two leading Scientists, Christl A. Donnelly Imperial College London, and Rosie Woodroffe, Institute of Zoology, London reveal in an article, published today for www.nature.com magazine that the latest badger culls unlikely to stop TB. Two months ago, the government advice body Natural England approved further licensed badger culls in parts of the United Kingdom in 2015. The aim is to reduce local badger densities by at least 70% to stop the

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27 October, 2015

We take part in Cattle bTB test on a Devon farm.

Dr Brian May, founder of the Save Me Trust, will be taking part in the bTB “read test” with Crediton, mid-Devon, farmer Malcolm Huxtable on Thursday 29th October. This is being filmed for BBC Inside Out. Dr May, together with Anne Brummer, CEO of The Save Me Trust, has campaigned tirelessly for an end to the badger culls, and runs a badger vaccination project known as BACVI (Badger and Cattle Vaccination Initiative) that works with

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27 October, 2015

Brian May and Nicola Sturgeon

Brian May meets Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. Dr Brian May and Anne Brummer met Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon at ‘Holyrood’ to discuss fox hunting and the Scottish Government’s commitment to review the existing legislation on the issue in Scotland. Dr May was instrumental in galvanising the public to lobby their MP’s when David

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26 October, 2015

Game Shooting  or Shame Shooting 

Game Shooting in the UK or Shame Shooting. Every year around 35 million non native, factory farmed pheasants and partridges are imported into the UK. They are sold to the 300 game shooting estates, an industry that is reported to be worth £1.6 billion to the economy.  “One for the pot” is a myth. Many more birds are released each year than the demand

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26 October, 2015

Votes For Animals March London 23rd April 2015

Hundred’s of people took to the streets on Thursday 23rd April for a march on Parliament that launched the ‘Votes for Animals’ campaign to highlight the importance of animal welfare issues in the General Election. The aim of the campaign is to help inform the public on where their local candidates stand on animal welfare issues including the conservatives pledged

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25 October, 2015

Application for a Judicial Review was denied

The Save Me Trust’s most recent legal challenge to the government’s badger culling programme was turned down this week, when our application for a Judicial Review was denied on a appeal by a single judge. But the fight against this ineffective and cruel programme continues on all fronts. 

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01 October, 2015

The NFU and Owen Paterson misleading farmers

Dr Brian May, Queen guitarist and founder of the Save Me Trust has spoken out after former Defra Secretary Owen Paterson claimed 'An extraordinary reduction' in bovine TB disease levels seen in the Somerset and Gloucestershire

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01 October, 2015

NFU & Owen Paterson misleading farmers

Dr Brian May, Queen guitarist and founder of the Save Me Trust has spoken out after former Defra Secretary Owen Paterson claimed 'An extraordinary reduction' in bovine TB disease levels seen in the Somerset and Gloucestershire pilot areas proveing badger culling works. Dr May said “Calling an ex-minister a liar is, of course, a very serious accusation, but, in the light of new expert analysis of the statistics on the Government's badger

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03 September, 2015

Team Fox Demonstration Westminster Tuesday 14th July 2015

The Government has been defeated over the repeal of The Hunting Act. David Cameron is licking his wounds after the

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01 September, 2015

Our lawyers send a letter before action to Natural England  

Lawyers acting for the Save Me Trust today sent a letter before action to Natural England requiring them to revoke the licences to kill badgers held by the cull operators in Gloucestershire, Somerset and Dorset. Badgers are a protected species. Unless an exception applies,

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01 September, 2015

Team Badger Funeral March London 8th September 2015

As the clock struck 12 noon in London's Smith Square, home of DEFRA, a hearse rolled into view. It was a 1934 Austin known as JJ; as it circled you could clearly see the two metre long tributes of white chrysanthemums proclaiming

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01 September, 2015

Team Badger Funeral March  

As the clock struck 12 noon on Tuesday 8th September 2015 in London's Smith Square, home of DEFRA, a hearse rolled into view. It was a 1934 Austin known as JJ; as it circled you could clearly see the two metre long tributes of white chrysanthemums proclaiming Team Badger and #failingbadgercull. Perhaps, most poignantly, the metre square floral cushion simply stating the number 2263

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27 August, 2015

We confirms legal action. 

The Save Me Trust confirmed that the lawfulness of the decisions to issue the licences today will be challenged by a Judicial Review in the High Court. To continue the culling of badgers is unlawful as it does not rationally serve the statutory purpose which permits the killing of badgers only to achieve the aim of preventing the spread of disease. Additionally, there has been a fundamental failure in the consultation process, a logically flawed approach

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24 August, 2015

We  Challenge Lawfulness of Badger Cull Licences

Lawyers instructed by the Save Me Trust have today written to the Chief Executive and the Chief Legal Advisor of Natural England warning them that if any licences to cull badgers are either activated in Gloucestershire and Somerset or any new licences granted for this purpose anywhere, then the lawfulness of the decisions to do so will be challenged by a Judicial Review in the High Court. To continue the culling of badgers is unlawful as it does

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23 August, 2015

Trust to Challenge  Cull Licences

Brian May’s Save Me Trust to Challenge Lawfulness of Badger Cull Licences: Brian May’s Save Me Trust to Challenge Lawfulness of Badger Cull Licences "Lawyers instructed by the Save Me Trust have today written to the Chief Executive and the Chief Legal Advisor of Natural England warning them that if any licences to cull badgers are either activated in Gloucestershire and Somerset or any new licences granted for this purpose anywhere, then the lawfulness of the decisions to do so will be challenged by a

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23 August, 2015

Canned Hunting.

Blood Lions follows acclaimed environmental journalist and safari operator Ian Michler, and Rick Swazey, an American hunter, on their journey to uncover the realities about the multi-million dollar predator breeding and canned lion hunting industries in South Africa. It's immoral, unethical and against the animal welfare and has no place in this century.

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