Keeping you updated

13 September, 2018

My sadness and disappointment at this decision can hardly be expressed. 

The news that a massive further slaughter of our native badgers is now sanctioned by the Government comes at the moment when we finally have in our hands the definitive proof that bovine TB will only be conquered by action within the herds to cut off the routes of reinfection. History will show that the deaths of tens of thousands of badgers gave farmers

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10 September, 2018

Anne Brummer, trustee and founder of Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue and CEO of Dr Brian May's Save Me Trust receives a national award for Services to Wildlife.

Congratulations to our CEO, Anne Brummer who has won the prestigious Animal Hero Award 2018 for services to wildlife.

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21 August, 2018

Michael Gove announces a ban on Puppy farming in UK 

Well, at a stroke, Michael Gove has made puppy farms history. In his speech yesterday he gave credit to the forceful campaign led by Marc Abrahams of Pup Aid, and the massive wave of support in the public for this new law - Lucy's Law. Under the new legislation, puppies and kittens can no longer be treated like merchandise. And the terrible suffering of animals condemned to a life of forced breeding, often in squalid conditions will hopefully be eliminated. The story of Lucy herself is heartbreaking - and so many other animals used as 'breeders' suffered the same torture. No more. Well done Britain. Well done those who cared enough to make this happen. Bri

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20 July, 2018

Dehydration Kills

Butterflies and humans are having a great time in this hot weather but it’s not the same for all wildlife. 

Water is essential for all of us.

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19 June, 2018

The 5th Birmingham Wildlife Festival

The 5th Birmingham Wildlife Festival took place in the heart of Birmingham City centre on Saturday 16th June. The event has quickly established itself as one of the leading wildlife events in the UK that attracts a wide range of animal charities from local groups to international NGO’s

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17 June, 2018

Grouse Moors - No Havens for Ravens

The world has gone mad, or at least the Scottish Natural Heritage has. What a deceptive name for an organisation that grants licenses to kill a native species! Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has issued a licence giving the go-ahead for the ‘culling’ of hundreds of RAVENS - a scheme driven by game keeping and farming interests - over a large area of Perthshire.

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12 June, 2018

Police costs of Badger Cull - The Highest ever!

The Governments Badger cull policy has been a cause of concern and controversy to us and the majority of the British public for many years. Science has never supported culling badgers as a solution to BovineTB in cattle. The Government has been very reticent in releasing any data about the badger culls - particularly related to costs - You have to ask why?

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16 May, 2018

Bri, Glastonbury & Michael Gove

I've just noticed on social media that this whole Glastonbury business is in danger of spiralling needlessly out of control. I'm very grateful to Peter Egan and the RSPCA and many others for springing to my defence, but I

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26 March, 2018

PRESS RELEASE  Save Me Trust – The end of fur import scandal? 

Brian May and his Save Me Trust team will be at no 10 today at 10.30 am handing in a petition to ask for a total ban on the fur trade in the UK 

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13 March, 2018

A wonderful day with  Dr. Jane Goodall

The awards recognise achievements in helping people, animals, and the environment. Thirteen schools and groups had been selected from over 2000 participants to attend the awards ceremony. 

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16 February, 2018

Bovine TB and an elephant in the room. By Bri   

So, as a farmer, why would you bother reading this?  How could the views of a rock star on Bovine TB be worth squat? Especially a rock star who has been widely accused of caring more about the welfare of wild animals than the welfare of farmers? 

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09 February, 2018

Fill in the Consultation to end Third party Puppy and Kitten sales  

Save Me Trust Announcement Thursday 8th February 2018 Save Me has been working to end third party puppy sales in Britain since 2015. We have been working with  the wonderful Marc Abraham and Pup Aid, better known as TV’s Marc the Vet to ensure that the government also includes a number of other measures that will stop the suffering of dogs in Britain today.

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08 February, 2018

Call for evidence on a Third Party Ban by Micheal Gove

After many lengthy meetings with Micheal Gove we are delighted to see him launch a 'call for evidence' on banning Third party puppy sales.  A ban on third party puppy sales is to be explored by the government as part of a package of

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10 January, 2018

Job Done - Bri on Fox Hunting Repeal

Hurrah ! Of course nobody thinks this decision is due to a sudden flood of compassion in the bosom of Theresa May !  But it's a welcome decision of course.  All credit to Michael Gove who is the power behind this move. But these things do not happen all by themselves. We can now say that Foxes,

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21 December, 2017

The Estate owners and shooting associations are quick to make huge claims of how the work they do benefits the moorland and the environment. What they don’t mention is that they are paid huge subsidies by the Government (that’s our money) to maintain bio-diverse habitats and ecosystems, rich in flora and fauna, but this is not what they are doing. 

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20 December, 2017

Save Me Trust is appalled that a further 19,274 Badgers have been culled in 2017.

The continuation of the Badger cull policy raises concern not only in its operation but also in it projected outcomes. It is clear that

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15 October, 2017

Bovine TB: There is no single solution, but the problem can be solved

We can confirm that the Save Me Trust is collaborating on a project on a Devonshire dairy farm, run by a dedicated vet, that many people now think could eventually bring about the end of the badger cull.

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01 October, 2017

As badger culls begin, could one pioneering vet’s bovine TB test end the slaughter

Research at a secret location in Devon may help eradicate bovine tuberculosis without a single badger being killed, says leading vet

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29 September, 2017

For One Night Only!

Can you give up one night to help save Badgers? Wounded Badger Patrols operate every night across all 21 cull zones in England. They are a safe and legal way to help save badgers from being killed.

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13 September, 2017

Dr Bri & the First Shot Badger 2017

The killing has begun again, ramped up to kill thousands more Badgers this year.  I’m sure I’m not alone in finding these pictures very painful.  It’s pitiful to see these magnificent families of creatures being destroyed.  I’ve been involved

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12 September, 2017

Badger Cull licences issued debate BBC Farming Today Tuesday

Cull expert Prof. Rosie Woodroffe makes the point that DEFRA gave increased biosecurity advice in the cull zones so even if they could show a bTB decrease (which they can't) they couldn't

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12 September, 2017

Statement from Dr Brian May 

We are concerned and deeply disappointed that the Government has issued 11 new Badger Cull licences to add to the 10 already existing.  We have always opposed badger culling because of the cruelty and inhumaneness of free shooting badgers in open fields at night, as confirmed by the government's own Independent Expert Panel.

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31 August, 2017

Message from Dr Brian May  

Message from Dr Brian May For the badgers - and actually for us as a nation - this cull is a tragedy and a disaster.What’s less understood is that it’s a tragedy for the farmers and the cattle too. The drive behind continuing with a policy which is failing seems to be that ‘we have to be seem to do something, rather than

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30 August, 2017

Our response to news of an extended Government-led badger cull

We at Save Me are disappointed and profoundly saddened at the news that Theresa May’s government is to escalate its culling of badgers. In 2014 the governments own Independent Expert Panel (IEP) determined that

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29 August, 2017

Press Release Meet the Hedgehogs

Meet the Hedgehogs TV Documentary on Channel 5 Tuesday 20th June 2017 Everyone loves hedgehogs! Brian May, Guitar legend and founder of the supergroup Queen, will be appearing in this 60 minute documentary with Steve Backshall, Naturalist, and TV Presenter. 

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26 August, 2017

Auction by Badger Guitar Company 

Legendary Queen guitarist Brian May has signed 11 guitars made by Badger Guitars, owned by Mark Badger, which are to be made available to buy on the eBay auction website from Saturday 26th August. All proceeds will go to badger charities

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18 July, 2017

Brian's Father's Car auctioned for Wildlife

Legendary Queen guitarist and founder member Brian May has auctioned a 1952 Jowett Javelin he bought for his father Harold to raise funds to support wildlife through his charity Save Me Trust at Barons’ Connoisseurs Classic

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30 June, 2017

SI Amendment to the Hunting ACT Comparisons to the Scottish Hunting Act

Dr. Brian Mays Save Me Trust strongly opposes the government's proposals to amend the Hunting Act 2004 using a draft Order. The government proposes to use a statutory instrument to change the exemptions under the Act, in order to use an unlimited number of dogs in exempt cases.  At present, the exemptions only apply where a maximum of

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02 June, 2017

This May loves Foxes and all wildlife…

Over 84% of the British population remain opposed to fox hunting. There is no doubt that Fox hunting is a toxic issue for the Conservative party. David Cameron tried and failed, as recently as 2015, to put through an SI (Statutory Instrument) that would have effectively castrated the Hunting Act. According to the mainstream press, the reason Cameron failed was

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01 February, 2017

London Badger March & Vigil - January 2017

On a grey and bitterly cold January afternoon, the latest anti cull badger march left London’s Leicester Square promptly at 3pm.  Save Me Trust has been involved in many marches following the original London March that Brian attended in June 2012. Save Me also founded and coordinates Team Badger, the largest coalition of wildlife groups and charities ever to

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20 January, 2017

Save Me Trust Scottish Hunting Act Statement

Brian May, founder of the Save Me Trust has met Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to call for amendments to the Scottish Hunting Act 2002. The two discussed ways of strengthening the Scottish act including amending the number of dogs to be used for flushing wild mammals to a maximum of two, bringing the Scottish law in line with England and

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19 September, 2016

A Farmer speaks out; Bovine TB is a cattle problem 

A Farmer speaks out; Bovine TB is a cattle problem with the main transmission between cattle. An open letter to George Eustace Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Farming, Food and the Marine Environment from Graham Cooper

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18 September, 2016

It's time to 'can' canned hunting

The most extreme version of trophy hunting is “Canned Hunting”. The animals which are born in captivity are taken away from their mothers within hours of being born so they can be used in petting zoos. When they become of age they then spend the rest of their life in caged compounds waiting to be released in a larger compound for the so-called ‘canned’ hunt. 

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15 September, 2016

Clothes to Die for? is a new campaign by Dr. Brian May’s Save Me Trust

The international fur trade is worth at least £10 billion per year - but at what cost? Over 40 million animals are killed for their fur every year - 85% of them are bred and killed on fur farms and the rest are trapped in the wild - solely for their fur. Worse, this figure does not include the millions of rabbits killed each year for the fur trade. Shockingly, there are

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03 August, 2016

Alternative Way to Control Bovine TB

An Alternative Way to Control Bovine TB by guest Blog by Peter Symonds B.Sc, C.Chem., M.R.S.C.  Bovine Tuberculosis has been around for a hundred years or more and you would have thought that it would have been controlled by now. The government official website gives good ideas to reduce bTB but for all that, cattle and wildlife are still being infected. The

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02 August, 2016

Team Badger Parliament Briefing  12 July 2016

Dr Brian May says that the badger cull has only made things worse in the war against bovine TB. Speaking outside Parliament before the launch of Team Badger’s Science Conference Brian May was scathing of David Cameron’s culling policy and called on the new Prime Minister Theresa May to hold fire on a new roll out of badger culls this year. Brian May said:

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26 July, 2016

In the North of England and Scotland, the shooting of game birds and mammals is widespread. Habitat and 'predator management' are undertaken to increase game abundance and hunting bags and thus profits. The Grouse moor managers and Gamekeepers claim major conservation benefits as a result of traditional and 'sympathetic' moorland management. They say if the control of generalist predators by gamekeepers ceased, lapwing and golden plover numbers would drop by 81% and curlew by 47% within 10 years.

So what is really happening?

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05 April, 2016

It’s a disgrace says Dr Bri.  

It was a very sad day for our wild animals today.  The announcement that the badger cull will not only go ahead in England, but be extended into 5 new areas, is a tragic development, born of a deliberate distortion of the real facts of the case, supported by false promises and propaganda heaped onto the farming community.   The fact is that there

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05 April, 2016

Government plans to extend badger cull are ‘a disgrace’.

Queen Guitarist Brian May, founder of animal welfare organisation the Save Me Trust and Team Badger, a coalition of animal groups against the cull, today reacted to leaked reports the culls are to be extended into five new areas of the UK beginning in September.May today issued a statement saying: “So the Government is extending the already failed badger cull ? “Of course this kind of news is always ‘leaked’, so we can’t say we’re surprised

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05 April, 2016

The Legitimate right of Peaceful Protest

In the UK, we have a long history of reform brought about by peaceful protest - from the ‘Chartists’ and suffrages, the abolition of slavery, to the reform of our parliamentary system. We are deeply concerned about the comments of the National Farmers Union last week that claimed information relating to the badger cull being published was variously, “illegal activity,

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24 December, 2015

This is the future of Hunting! NO Cruelty, NO Lies, NO Kill 

This Boxing Day, hunts will gather to parade in villages across England and Wales for the traditional Boxing Day meet. But this year there will be a new atmosphere - a wind of change. A few months ago there was an attempt by Cameron and his merry men to undermine the Hunting Act with a ‘Statutory Instrument’. 

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24 December, 2015

A new dawn on hunting and it's humane  

“This is the future of Hunting! No Cruelty, no Lies, no Kill ” This Boxing Day, hunts will gather to parade in villages

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02 November, 2015

Leading experts say latest badger culls will not stop TB

Two leading Scientists, Christl A. Donnelly Imperial College London, and Rosie Woodroffe, Institute of Zoology, London reveal in an article, published today for www.nature.com magazine that the latest badger culls unlikely to stop TB. Two months ago, the government advice body Natural England approved further licensed badger culls in parts of the United Kingdom in 2015. The aim is to reduce local badger densities by at least 70% to stop the

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27 October, 2015

We take part in Cattle bTB test on a Devon farm.

Dr Brian May, founder of the Save Me Trust, will be taking part in the bTB “read test” with Crediton, mid-Devon, farmer Malcolm Huxtable on Thursday 29th October. This is being filmed for BBC Inside Out. Dr May, together with Anne Brummer, CEO of The Save Me Trust, has campaigned tirelessly for an end to the badger culls, and runs a badger vaccination project known as BACVI (Badger and Cattle Vaccination Initiative) that works with

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27 October, 2015

Brian May and Nicola Sturgeon

Brian May meets Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. Dr Brian May and Anne Brummer met Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon at ‘Holyrood’ to discuss fox hunting and the Scottish Government’s commitment to review the existing legislation on the issue in Scotland. Dr May was instrumental in galvanising the public to lobby their MP’s when David

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26 October, 2015

Game Shooting in the UK or Shame Shooting. Every year around 35 million non native, factory farmed pheasants and partridges are imported into the UK. They are sold to the 300 game shooting estates, an industry that is reported to be worth £1.6 billion to the economy.  “One for the pot” is a myth. Many more birds are released each year than the demand

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26 October, 2015

Votes For Animals March London 23rd April 2015

Hundred’s of people took to the streets on Thursday 23rd April for a march on Parliament that launched the ‘Votes for Animals’ campaign to highlight the importance of animal welfare issues in the General Election. The aim of the campaign is to help inform the public on where their local candidates stand on animal welfare issues including the conservatives pledged

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25 October, 2015

Application for a Judicial Review was denied

The Save Me Trust’s most recent legal challenge to the government’s badger culling programme was turned down this week, when our application for a Judicial Review was denied on a appeal by a single judge. But the fight against this ineffective and cruel programme continues on all fronts. 

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01 October, 2015

The NFU and Owen Paterson misleading farmers

Dr Brian May, Queen guitarist and founder of the Save Me Trust has spoken out after former Defra Secretary Owen Paterson claimed 'An extraordinary reduction' in bovine TB disease levels seen in the Somerset and Gloucestershire

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01 October, 2015

NFU & Owen Paterson misleading farmers

Dr Brian May, Queen guitarist and founder of the Save Me Trust has spoken out after former Defra Secretary Owen Paterson claimed 'An extraordinary reduction' in bovine TB disease levels seen in the Somerset and Gloucestershire pilot areas proveing badger culling works. Dr May said “Calling an ex-minister a liar is, of course, a very serious accusation, but, in the light of new expert analysis of the statistics on the Government's badger

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