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Brian May to lead badger flashmob in London

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Apr 30, 2013 | 7:18am EDT

Rocker Brian May is set to stage a 'flashmob' dance event on Wednesday (01May13) while dressed as a badger in a bizarre protest against a planned cull of the woodland animals in the U.K. The Queen’ guitarist will lead a 50-strong dance group in London's Smith Square at 12 noon near to the building housing the U.K. Government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The 'flashmob' will last five minutes and the team will dance to May’'s The Badger Song, which was inspired by Queen's hit record Flash and features a sample of Jonti Picking's track Badger Badger Mushroom Snake. May has long campaigned against government plans to reduce the country's badger population as part of an ongoing battle to stop the spread of bovine tuberculosis (TB) to cattle. Politicians in the U.K. announced plans in February (13) to go ahead with the planned cull this summer (13) but May believes vaccinating the animals against the disease is a better way forward. He said in a statement, "“The Government’'s determination to go ahead with the badger cull this summer once again proves how misguided and out of step with scientific fact and public opinion it is on this issue. "Culling badgers is not the answer to eradicating bovine TB. Not only is the practice inhumane and impractical, it is also proven to be ineffective in tackling the disease, as has been made repeatedly clear by all the leading scientific experts. There is also a viable alternative, which I support: vaccination.”"

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