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BBC Wales Orders Documentary 'Brian May: The Badger Cull And Me'

04 September, 2023

Queen guitarist Brian May will be heading up a documentary for BBC Wales entitled Brian May: The Badger Cull And Me.

The documentary will make the case against the practice of badger culling and it will follow the musician's campaign to prove badgers are not the cause of the spread of bovine TB.

As part of the documentary, May will take his case to a skeptical farming community in a bid to stop the cull and help cure the disease.

This is a subject which May is passionate about, and in recent years his wildlife trust has sponsored research into discovering the true causes of the disease. May now believes he has the evidence to prove his theory, stop the cull and help cure the cattle.

"I come from a position where I think it's immoral to be killing badgers, I'll be upfront about that. But if you're a farmer and you believe that the badgers are infecting your cattle, you can understand why they would want to kill them. It's very understandable," said May in a statement announcing the documentary.

"What happened historically is that you get total polarization," May continued. "The farmers are perhaps understandably resentful against the badger because they believe it’s the source of all their problems, and animal campaigners are very resentful of the farmers. But you realize in the end that shouting doesn’t do anyone any good because everybody’s trying to solve the problem. So I thought, let’s try and come together to solve this problem."

"This is a program produced over four years telling the complex story behind the headlines - where farmers have been left ruined by bovine TB and yet there is still so much debate over how to combat it effectively," said BBC Wales commissioning editor Julian Carey. "Brian has been a standard bearer for the animal rights movement and this film sees him trying to bring both sides of the debate together to find the best solution for the animals and the farmers."

May has previously appeared alongside Steve Backshall in the Channel 5 documentary series Meet The Hedgehogs.

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