Brian May, guitarist for the rock band Queen, has been given an award for his work protecting wild animals in England. He was recognized at the Animal Action Awards ceremony in London October 19th. May said, “Fighting for the welfare of our wild animals is not a task that any of us want to have to do. We do it because these magnificent animals live, breathe, see, hear and feel pleasure and pain like we do, but they do not speak our language, so in the world of humans, they have no voice. ” (Source: Gibson.com) He has supported the Animals Matter campaign, where there is a petition with over two million signatures calling for more animal protection.
May also started the Save Me campaign to raise awareness about the need to protect wildlife. In England, a shift in political power has placed a larger number of hunting enthusiasts in Parliament. They have enough sway to potentially repeal the Hunting Act, which is the law put into place in 2004 to protect wild animals like foxes from hunting. About 21,000 to 25,000 foxes were being killed every year before the Hunting Act made killing them illegal. Particularly barbaric, the annual hunts included the slaughter of 8,000 to 10,000 fox cubs less than one year old. More foxes were also killed by farmers, landowners and gamekeepers. Other animals taken down during annual hunts were deer and hares. The only thing separating the animals from yearly hunts is the Hunting Act, which could be threatened.
May also has a doctorate in astrophysics.
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