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Queen Guitarist Brian May Joins Protest Over Fox-Killing Golfer

Queen Guitarist Brian May Joins Protest Over Fox-Killing Golfer

Queen guitarist Brian May has added his voice to those who are calling for the ban on a golfer who beat a fox at the Peterculter Golf Club in Scotland.

Last year 55-year old Donald Forbes beat a fox nearly to death with a golf club after he saw it trying to steal a biscuit from his belongings. According to the Daily Record, another group of golfers found it after they heard it “screaming in agony,” at which point another golfer reportedly had to put it out of its misery. Forbes was charged with animal cruelty, paid a fine of $1,210 USD (£750 ) and was suspended from the club for nine months.

Forbes denied any wrongdoing, saying he only injured the fox in an attempt to scare it off, but witnesses stated otherwise and called the police and the Scottish SPCA, according to The Sun. According to the Press and Journal, an animal-cruelty officer described it as a “brutal and sickening” attack.

Incidentally, fox was also tame. There’s a lovely photo of the fox in question standing at someone’s foot in The Sun, which also reported that it was a “popular fixture” at the club and was fed often my members.

Animal lovers and activists, including the group Fox Watch, protested at the club last weekend and are asking that Forbes be banned for life. May, a long time animal rights supporter and activist has added his voice in support of the ban.

“It’s evident that the vast majority of the British public are disgusted by cruelty to animals, as shown by the public outcry against this particularly senseless piece of brutality.

“The members of this Aberdeen club have the opportunity to show their disapproval in an appropriate way – by banning this unsavoury character for life. But they seem to be unready,” said May.

A lawyer for the club has stated that they examined Forbes’ unblemished record through the years when considering whether or not to reinstate him, and that doing so in no way condones his actions, reports the Scotsman.

Paul McDonald, who organized Fox Watch’s protest last weekend, said that “By reinstating the golfer, it seems as though the club is saying ‘it’s OK’. The group is now asking people to boycott the club, or to complain.

Please sign the petition below asking the Peterculter Golf Club to permanently ban Forbes.

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11:33AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

BAN THAT PIECE OF GARBAGE FROM THE GOLF CLUB AND CHARGE HIM BIG TIME. JAIL TIME FOR PEOPLE LIKE THAT WOULD SEND A MESSAGE TO OTHERS LIKE HIM. YES, MENTALLY ILL FOR SURE. NOT NORMAL. BEAUTIFUL ANIMAL DID NOT DESERVE THAT AT ALL BUT HE SURE DOES.

9:31AM PDT on May 24, 2012

...ignoranza, crudeltà e stupidita di un essere umano non ha i limiti! Ma cosa succede? Gente!!! Siamo noi e sottolineo NOI che dobbiamo proteggere i nostri fratelli a quattro zampe, invece cosa vediamo? La crudeltà e la morte per un biscotto?!?!?! PER UN MISERABILE BISCOTTO????Dove è finita la nostra bontà e generosità? chi siamo diventati? il mondo è diventato talmente stupido ed egoista che non facciamo nient'altro che uccidere per quattro soldi!!! I terrorismi, gli attentati, esplosioni, omicidi...perché facciamo tutto questo??? GENTE, DOV'è FINITO IL NOSTRO DOVERE DI MIGLIORARE IL NOSTRO FUTURO???!!!! LO POSSIAMO FARE E LO DOBBIAMO FARE E NE SONO SICURA CHE LO FAREMO SOLO CON LE NOSTRE MANI!!!

8:13PM PST on Nov 26, 2011

OF COURSE, he should be banned!! What a disgusting idiot. Who does that to a cute little fox that was not there to harm or hurt anyone or anything???!! Charges need to be pressed against this man also! Sick.

11:06AM PST on Nov 8, 2011

eye for an eye... swing a golf club on him a few times I say! There is NO excuse for harming or killing a healthy animal in that manner. The man is a monster of the lowest order. Complete Scum!

6:45PM PST on Nov 7, 2011

What a disgusting human being. He has no respect for life. People like this should be shipped to a remote island. With hungry bears and tigers and lions and wolves and no place to hide.

6:28PM PST on Nov 7, 2011

He deserves to be punished to the fullest extent of the law and beyond. I would love to beat him senseless with a golf club.

3:40PM PST on Nov 7, 2011

Killing an animal over a biscuit? That's not even cruelty as much as a sign of mental illness... It's good that others at the club did not just ignore the incident but reported it and hopefully Bryan May's celebrity could shame the club into showing that they wouldn't tolerate this kind of behavior from their members.

10:49AM PST on Nov 7, 2011

THIS WAS NOTHING MORE THAN A BRUTAL BEATING OF AN ANIMAL, HE IS LUCKY NOT TO BE PROSECUTED.

7:10AM PST on Nov 7, 2011

Ask yourself, if the man has no problem beating an animal to death for so little provocation, what, & possibly whom, else has he taken his temper out on? Abusive behaviour seldom (if ever) consists of a single, isolated instance. And far from going away on its own if ignored, it tends to escalate. Personally, I wouldn't place too much importance on the man's previous "unblemished record"-- if actually true, he never would have beaten the poor fox so brutally; odds are, he just made a point of looking good in public. Either the club should ban the man or the members should boycott the club, because a fine and a slap on the hand to someone who considers he did nothing wrong, DOES condone his actions. Plus the club is at fault for not protecting the animal once it had become so tame. Which again, the members need to protest.

4:51AM PST on Nov 7, 2011

Banishment. No contest. To beat an animal unto death with a golf club, there is no other choice.

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