Brian May performs Olympics closing ceremony in 'badger coat'
THE British Countryside may not have featured in last night’s (Sunday) Olympics closing ceremony as it did in the spectacular opening two weeks ago, but there was a subtle nod to the badger cull courtesy of rock legend Brian May.
The guitarist, who appeared on stage as part of a tribute to Queen, wore a jacket with a badger motif stitched inside a ‘Q’ on his left arm. He wore a picture of a fox on his right arm.
The animal rights campaigner has been at the forefront of the opposition to the badger cull, which is likely to go ahead in West Gloucestershire and West Somerset in Autumn.
However supporters were dealt a blow last week when the Badger Trust was granted the right to appeal against a High Court ruling in July that Defra’s planned badger cull is lawful.
No date has yet been set for the hearing.
The pilots were scheduled towards the end of the year to ensure they began after the Olympics had finished.
Natural England is currently considering licence applications submitted by companies formed by farmers in the two pilot cull areas.