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Rock star Stop the badger slaughter.

Queen star Brian May yesterday urged the Government to stop "monstrous" plans to cull thousands of badgers in a bid to tackle bovine TB.

The guitarist, 65, joined animal welfare supporters on a march through Westminster to protest against the cull, which started in two bovine TB hotspots yesterday.

If successful, the Government plan to extend culling for the disease, which can be transmitted from badgers to livestock and between cattle.

But experts have raised concerns the policy will have "unimpressive" results in reducing TB and suggested it does not make economic sense.

May, a long-time supporter of the campaign to spare badgers, said: "It has now been demonstrated that the cull cannot make economic sense. It will lose the taxpayer money.

"It is a very good time for David Cameron to reconsider and withdraw from this monstrous cull."

The pilot culls aim to ensure badgers can be killed humanely by marksmen.

Leading wildlife conservation charity the Scottish Wildlife Trust said they were firmly against the cull because it is unscientific and highly unlikely to reduce the spread of bovine TB.

May added: "Although we call ourselves a nation of animal lovers, we treat them appallingly."

Labour, who oppose the slaughter, have tabled a Commons debate for Wednesday.

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