Keeping you updated

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

Read more
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

Read more
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.

Read more
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

Read more
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

Read more
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. 

Read more
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

Read more
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

Read more
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

Read more
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

Read more
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

Read more
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

Read more
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

Read more
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

Read more
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

Read more
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:

Read more
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

Read more
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

Read more
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,

Read more
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’. It would have reopened the door to full scale blood

Read more
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

Read more
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

Read more
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

Read more
26 October, 2015

Game Shooting  or Shame Shooting 

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

Read more
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

Read more
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. In particular DEFRA’s own recently published figures show that the incidence of bTB was in any event declining in both Dorset and Gloucestershire in the 3

Read more
10 October, 2015

Cecil’s Legacy is Cecil’s Law 

The killing of Cecil the Lion lured from his home in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park by American Trophy Hunter Walter Palmer in July this year, shocked and outraged people around the world. Cecil was a popular figure within the park, head of his own pride and the subject of a research project by Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU).  Although Cecil had a conspicuous radio collar around his neck, making it clear

Read more
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

Read more
01 September, 2015

Our lawyers send a letter before action to Natural England  

Lawyers acting for the Save Me Trust today sent a letter before action to Natural England requiring them to revoke the licences to kill badgers held by the cull operators in Gloucestershire, Somerset and Dorset. Badgers are a protected species. Unless an exception applies, killing a badger is a criminal offence under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992. One exception is when the badger is killed for the purpose of preventing the spread of disease,

Read more
01 September, 2015

Team Badger Funeral March  

As the clock struck 12 noon on Tuesday 8th September 2015 in London's Smith Square, home of DEFRA, a hearse rolled into view. It was a 1934 Austin known as JJ; as it circled you could clearly see the two metre long tributes of white chrysanthemums proclaiming Team Badger and #failingbadgercull. Perhaps, most poignantly, the metre square floral cushion simply stating the number 2263

Read more
27 August, 2015

We confirms legal action. 

The Save Me Trust confirmed that the lawfulness of the decisions to issue the licences today will be challenged by a Judicial Review in the High Court. To continue the culling of badgers is unlawful as it does not rationally serve the statutory purpose which permits the killing of badgers only to achieve the aim of preventing the spread of disease. Additionally, there has been a fundamental failure in the consultation process, a logically flawed approach

Read more
24 August, 2015

We  Challenge Lawfulness of Badger Cull Licences

Lawyers instructed by the Save Me Trust have today written to the Chief Executive and the Chief Legal Advisor of Natural England warning them that if any licences to cull badgers are either activated in Gloucestershire and Somerset or any new licences granted for this purpose anywhere, then the lawfulness of the decisions to do so will be challenged by a Judicial Review in the High Court. To continue the culling of badgers is unlawful as it does

Read more
23 August, 2015

Trust to Challenge  Cull Licences

Brian May’s Save Me Trust to Challenge Lawfulness of Badger Cull Licences: Brian May’s Save Me Trust to Challenge Lawfulness of Badger Cull Licences "Lawyers instructed by the Save Me Trust have today written to the Chief Executive and the Chief Legal Advisor of Natural England warning them that if any licences to cull badgers are either activated in Gloucestershire and Somerset or any new licences granted for this purpose anywhere, then the lawfulness of the decisions to do so will be challenged by a

Read more
23 August, 2015

Canned Hunting.

Blood Lions follows acclaimed environmental journalist and safari operator Ian Michler, and Rick Swazey, an American hunter, on their journey to uncover the realities about the multi-million dollar predator breeding and canned lion hunting industries in South Africa. It's immoral, unethical and against the animal welfare and has no place in this century.

Read more
04 August, 2015

Our Hen Harriers are missing 

Buy Skydancer bath bombs to support Hen Harriers: Save Me is supporting Lush and Hen Harrier Day this Sunday - please support them too. Skydancer - Far from the Madding Guns, cost £3.95 each and will be on sale in Lush  for the next few weeks. They are also available from their website. We are encouraging people to take part in Hen Harrier Day. This website  tells you  what you can do to help these magnificent birds:

Read more
04 August, 2015

Trophy hunting: Who benefits!

Trophy hunting only benefits the fat cat hunting operators. Unless this continues, lions will go extinct: On September 2nd, Melissa Simpson (Director of Science-Based Wildlife Conservation at the Safari Club International) placed an Opinion Piece in the National Geographic Daily News entitled “African Lions Should Not be Listed as Endangered".  

Read more
31 July, 2015

Defra shows increases in TB in cull  zone

Defra shows bTB increases in the cull zones during the badger culls. An article in the Farmers guardian  Read More saw Owen Paterson making more inaccurate claims, that were his signature tune when in office, and may be the reason of his short career as a minister.  “The ‘extraordinary reduction’ in bovine TB disease levels see in the Somerset and Gloucestershire pilot areas prove badger culling works, according to former Defra Secretary Owen Paterson. In an interview with Farmers Guardian, Mr Paterson

Read more
20 July, 2015

Relive It! By Dr Bri

You can now relive that extraordinary day of our rally against the SI.  The SI was an amendment posing as a 'technical detail’, which would have smashed the Hunting Act’s power to protect.  The day before Parliament was to vote on it, the Government, forced on to the back foot, withdrew both the debate and the vote. We received the news at the moment when

Read more
18 July, 2015

Triumph on the Hunting Act by Bri

Our statement on the triumph of the Hunting Act this week by Bri: Now the dust has settled on the week’s events, it’s possible to construct a clear overview. The Tory Press has already written its version of History, that the SNP unethically single-handedly blocked an amendment to the Hunting Act which was designed to help farmers control pests.  The truth is somewhat different! To begin with, the ‘amendment’ which snuck in under cover of the night was the result of a careful piece of Machiavellian scheming,

Read more
17 July, 2015

Failed attempt to bring back fox hunting

In July 2015, the Government announced that it intended to amend the legislation to remove the limit on the number of dogs, and instead replace it with a requirement that the number of dogs used is appropriate to the terrain and any other relevant circumstance. The Government’s stated aim is to bring the legislation in line with that in Scotland.

Read more
16 July, 2015

Triumph of the Hunting Act by Bri


To begin with, the ‘amendment’ which snuck in under cover of the night was the result of a careful piece of Machiavellian scheming, seen as a necessity since it had become obvious that the long-promised “Free Vote on repeal of the Hunting Act” was going to fail to bring the result that David Cameron and the fox hunters wanted.

Read more
16 July, 2015

Team Fox Triumph by Dr. Bri

Our statement on the triumph of our Team Fox campaign this week by Bri. Now the dust has settled on the week’s events, it’s possible to construct a clear overview. The Tory Press has already written its version of History – that the SNP unethically single-handedly blocked an amendment to the Hunting Act which was designed to help farmers control pests.

Read more
14 July, 2015

D-DAY MINUS 2 By Bri 

That was Monday.  Anne Brummer and I took up our accustomed places in Portcullis House and had a series of informal meetings with our animal-friendly MPs, who are now a growing and magnificent bunch. 

Read more
14 July, 2015

D-DAY MINUS 1 By Bri

Up at 6 am which is cruel enough for a person who is used to going to bed around that time! Drive to Millbank for a spot on Sky News – and on the way in the car, an interview with LBC Radio, talking about how underhanded this SI is, as a scheme to bring back full-scale blood hunting of foxes for the amusement of a few sadistic bar stewards. 

Read more
13 July, 2015

Come support us by Bri

COME support our foxes tomorrow, but please leave the Anti-Tory banners at home. We have many good Conservative MP's supporting us. MPs today got biggest E-mail storm EVER against the Wednesday SI to disable Hunting Act. KEEP E-Mailing your MP. No return to barbarity. Wednesday SI aims to make prosecution of cruelty in hunting impossible. Bri

Read more
08 July, 2015

Skulduggery in the House of Commons?  By Bri

The Spectator has today published an article [Revealed: David Cameron's plan to bring back fox hunting] admitting that the Government, recognising they cannot win the “Free Vote on Hunting” that David Cameron promised, has given up on it, and is about to try to bring back legalised Fox Hunting through the back door.  

Read more
16 January, 2014

Portcullis House Adventures

So what do we get up to in our lobbying adventures? And what is it like, now that we have a new Government – a government which made a lot of us wonder if there was any hope whatsoever for animals in the UK (and a few other important things like Human Rights and the NHS !)? 

Read more
16 January, 2014

Fox Hunts Breed Foxes by Bri

This find exposes once and for all the lie that has so often been used to try to justify the sadistic sport of Fox Hunting. Hunting with dogs is not, and never has been, about ‘control’ of a species. It is only about certain humans enjoying causing suffering to highly intelligent and sentient mammals. Once and for all, this barbaric ‘sport’ must now be consigned to

Read more
16 January, 2014

Wentworth Castle with Angela Smith

Today Brian May and Anne Brummer are journeying to Wentworth Castle, near Barnsley, South Yorkshire, to a reception hosted by Angela Smith, Labour Party MP for Penistone and Stockbridge.  Does this mean that Brian (formerly a self-confessed Tory voter) is joining the Labour Party?  Well, no.  Brian explains.  "I believe we have reached a severe crisis point

Read more
04 March, 2013

Team Badger Launch

Queen guitarist and animal welfare champion Brian May has joined with the heads of every major animal welfare group in London to launch the Team Badger campaign, which is opposed to the government's proposed cull of badgers across England.

Read more