Queen guitarist likens RSPCA critics to child abusers

Queen guitarist and vice-president of the RSPCA, Brian May, has launched an incendary attack on critics of the animal charity, comparing them to child abusers.

Responding to criticism of the charity’s increase in political campaigning, May said in a statement: “Imagine, for a moment, that the NSPCC succeeded in a prosecution against a team of child abusers.

“Imagine if elements of the press, in reporting the prosecution, neglected to report that justice had been done, but instead accused the NSPCC of recklessly spending its money, letting down its supporters, breaking its charter and being politically motivated in its behaviour.

“Imagine if a bunch of child abusers then banded together to spread vile propaganda against the NSPCC, its officers, and the very children that were abused.

“This terrible scenario is exactly what the RSPCA is being subjected to, the only difference being that the creatures involved are non-human.”

Meanwhile, the RSPCA continues to campaign against the live export of sheep and calves from Dover.

With a number of shipments of live animals sailing to Calais this week, the RSPCA has repeated calls for a ban on the trade.

It said Dover was still refusing to allow the charity entry into the port to inspect the animals. RSPCA deputy chief executive John Grounds said: “This trade has no place in a modern, civilised, compassionate society and it must stop. The fact that this is the largest shipment only highlights this further, as ever more animals are suffering unnecessarily.

“Four lorries carrying both sheep and calves have already left our shores today and another shipment is expected this afternoon. It is unacceptable that these poor animals are being failed and we do not believe enough is being done to prevent their suffering.

“We will continue to urge the Dover Harbour Board to allow RSPCA inspectors into the port to inspect the animals and help ensure their welfare,” continued John Grounds, “We must all stand up and speak out against live transport as the animals cannot speak for themselves and they cannot act for themselves.”