Queen guitarist and animal welfare champion Brian May has joined with the heads of every major animal welfare group in London to launch the Team Badger campaign, which is opposed to the government's proposed cull of badgers across England.
A giant billboard poster was unveiled on Cromwell Road – at one of the capital's busiest junctions – on 19 September in order to mark the start of the drive to raise public awareness of the proposed cull, as well as to collect signatures for a petition to force a parliamentary debate on the issue.
Team Badger brings together a number of the UK's leading animal welfare groups – including the RSPCA, Save Me, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Network for Animals, Political Animal Lobby, Badger Trust, The League Against Cruel Sports, Born Free Foundation and Humane Society International.
David Shepherd Wildlife Trust, Animals Aid, VIVA, Care for the Wild International, Stroud 100, Gloucestershire Against the Cull, Conservatives against the Cull, PETA and RETHINK bovine TB have also signed up to the coalition opposing the badger cull, which the government is undertaking to address Bovine TB in cattle.
May said: "This billboard is the tip of the iceberg. We’re not going to let this drop. The most powerful animal organisations in the UK have united to oppose this inhumane and misguided cull of badgers. It’s scientifically, practically, and ethically indefensible and it is against the wishes of the majority of people of this country.
"Our message is simple”, said May, “Don’t let this happen. Sign the petition. Let your MP know you are opposed. The badger is an iconic symbol of our British wildlife."
The new billboard features a painting of a badger called Hope - created by Pat Williams of the Badger Trust. The consortium of charities has also started a new petition on the government's own website entitled 'Stop the Cull'. To sign the petition and for more information, visit: www.teambadger.org.