Brian May–the Queen guitarist who’s so hugely into animals and animal welfare that he launched his own animal protection campaign (Save Me, after the Queen song), and received a prestigious Animal Action Award Oct. 18 in recognition for his work on behalf of animals from the International Fund For Animal Welfare; he also holds a PhD in astrophysics–discusses his path into animal advocacy.
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He also addresses the particular challenges of working against fox hunting and its deeply ingrained tradition, including the personal attacks this work and other high-profile animal welfare efforts have elicited. On a related note, he outlined the key components of the controversy surrounding the proposed badger cull being considered in Britain, as a way to eradicate bovine tuberculosis. He also fielded a few listener phone calls, which tended to reflect more interest in Queen issues than animal issues. (www.BrianMay.com, Save-Me.org.uk)
COMEDY CORNER: Paul F. Tompkins’ “Alternative Pets” (www.PaulFTompkins.com)
MUSIC: Miles Davis’ version of “Bye Bye Blackbird,” The Dead Milkmen’s “The Badger Song,” instrumentals
NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Queen’s “Save Me”