Added on 13-Apr-2010
Brian May today launches a major new campaign to try to prevent the return of legalised blood sports to the British Countryside.
The ‘SAVE-ME’ campaign - named after May’s song, a worldwide hit record for Queen - calls on the British public to consider how their vote will affect the welfare of animals, and in particular, fox-hunting, stag hunting and hare coursing. The first ‘SAVE-ME’ campaign poster will be unveiled by Brian May at a prime advertising site on London’s Cromwell Road later today.
The campaign is non-aligned politically, but is a direct response to the announcement from David Cameron that if the Tories are elected they will, in the first month of their term, introduce a free vote in the House to repeal the Hunting Act, 2004, which made it illegal to hunt wild animals using dogs.
The Save-Me campaign is asking members of the public to support the cause of animals by signing up at www.save-me.org.uk and aims to recruit a million supporters by polling day. Supporters will be encouraged to ask their local candidates to make a clear commitment, for or against fox-hunting before polling day – and to declare which way they will vote if there is a Commons vote to repeal the Hunting Act.
Ahead of the launch, May said: “It’s clear that the vast majority of the British public are animal lovers, and abhor the cruelty of hunting with packs of dogs. That is why the Hunting Act was democratically passed as law in 2004. We believe that every voter in this election has the right to know whether their candidate will vote for the demolition of this Act for the protection of animals; we are urging everyone to support only those candidates who commit to voting against the repeal - keeping the law in place, and ultimately banning cruelty from our countryside.”
Brian May is contacting all candidates of the three main parties today, giving every candidate his personal mobile phone number and asking them to text him with their position on the proposed repeal.
All who sign up as supporters to the ‘SAVE-ME’ campaign will receive a personalised message from Brian May the day before the election, confirming the position of their local candidates on the fox-hunting issue, providing the supporter with vital information to help them make their decision on how to vote.
May added: “Our aim is to give animals a voice. We sense that many people are bored and unconvinced by the current arguments about which party can fix the economy, and might simply not bother to vote. We hope this initiative will inspire everyone to come out and vote this time – perhaps for the first time - for decent treatment for animals. We will support any candidate from any party who commits to keeping the law against hunting in place. ”
Many other well-known names have already committed to the Save-Me campaign, and will be publicly declaring their support in the coming weeks.
Footnote 1: Dr Brian May, CBE, is best known for his role as guitarist and songwriter in the rock band Queen, but returned to Imperial College London in 2008 to receive his PhD in astrophysics, and is currently Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University. He has been passionate supporter of animal welfare projects in recent years.
Footnote 2: A survey carried out by Ipsos MORI in September 2009 showed that an overwhelming 75% of the British public do not want fox-hunting to be made legal again.