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Queen guitarist Brian May's legal threat to badger cull

By Rod Minchin, PA

Rock musician Brian May has threatened legal action if a controversial badger cull goes ahead for a third year.

The Queen guitarist - an animal rights activist who has spoken out against a massive pig farm in Co Antrim - said his Save Me Trust planned to challenge the lawfulness of the cull if the two four-year pilot schemes continue in Somerset and Gloucestershire.

It is thought that Natural England will soon announce the licensing of a third year of culling and may extend the pilot to Dorset.

Ministers and farmers insist culling is necessary to tackle TB, which can be spread from badgers to livestock. But opponents say badger-culling is ineffective, and alternatives should be pursued.

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