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Rock Star Recognized for Animal Protection

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: 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.

In addition, he has supported the Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue Center. They care for injured and orphaned wildlife. You can see a photo of Brian May here holding a fox cub cared for at the center.

May also has a doctorate in astrophysics.

Image Credit: David J. Cable

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11:04AM PST on Feb 4, 2014

Great! Thanks!

3:20PM PDT on Oct 9, 2011

He is a CHAMPION,and he is doing a great job,well done Brian

3:09PM PST on Jan 31, 2011

God bless you, Brian. You're proving what a great person you are and what a great heart you have. Thank you so much for your work.


12:31PM PST on Nov 16, 2010


3:24PM PDT on Oct 28, 2010

One person, one step, and one day at a time is what it takes to build a movement. I hope more people jump on board of this movement before it's too late. Happy to see his support.

12:34PM PDT on Oct 26, 2010

Good for him! Great news!

8:27AM PDT on Oct 26, 2010

way to go Brian!!
i wish more celebrities followed your steps!

3:04AM PDT on Oct 26, 2010

Brian May needs to write and talk to my MP who doesn't see the difference between fox hunting with a pack of hounds and other methods of fox population control so he (the MP) wrote back to me saying that he would be excercising his right to choose to reinstate fox hunting in out country. Nice guy, isn't he. Brian you rock.

12:49PM PDT on Oct 25, 2010

Rock on Brian!!!

9:37AM PDT on Oct 25, 2010

Glad that some celebrities feel the same way we do and will say so.

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