Queen guitarist Brian May protests British badger cull

Mr. Badger, according to Kenneth Grahame’s kid-lit classic The Wind in the Willows, “hates Society, and invitations, and dinner, and all that sort of thing”— and well he might, given what’s lately been planned for his cousins in Britain, where 5,000 badgers will be shot.

The cull is aimed at curbing the spread of tuberculosis among local cattle, a scourge thought to be linked to wild badgers.

One opponent of the kill is the multifaceted Brian May —the guitar god of the band Queen, astrophysicist and animal activist— who calls it a “crime against our wildlife” that “scapegoats the badger.” May helped lead a march last weekend against the cull.