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Brian May's Olympic protest

The eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted Queen guitarist Brian May's wildlife statement, made as he played at the Olympic closing ceremony at the weekend. May, a vociferous animal rights activist whose opposition to hunting and any form of badger cull, wore a badger and fox badge on his stage outfit.The International Olympic Committee's Charter is clear: "No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas." 

May has since said that he was merely "celebrating" UK wildlife, but if so, he should explain why the badges were clearly covered over at the closing ceremony rehearsals. 

The Western Morning News quoted Jill Grieve, Countryside Alliance Head of Communications, in a story on Tuesday. Jill said: "Brian May's attempt to turn his performance at the Olympic closing ceremony into a political statement was inappropriate for various reasons.

"Whatever the rules on political campaigning at the Olympics, Mr May was in poor taste, trying to turn a celebration of our nation's greatest athletes into a sideshow for his own extreme views. Many around the world would surely have missed the point he was trying to make, but to the farmers struggling against bovine TB and fox predation, a millionaire rock star using a global sporting celebration to undermine their way of life really stuck in the craw."

Read the Western Morning News story in full here.

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