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BBC 'Newsnight' Fox Hunting Debate Sees Brian May Call The Countryside Alliance A 'Bunch Of Lying Bastards'

10/07/2015 02:24 BST | Updated 12/07/2015 19:59 BST

Brian May called the Countryside Alliance (including its representative Jim Barrington) “a bunch of lying bastards” on Thursday’s “Newsnight,” the vice president of the RSPCA giving an impassioned response to Barrington’s claim that hunting foxes is an issue of “pest control.”

During the segment, the Queen guitarist accused David Cameron of underhandedly dismantling the fox hunting ban, describing the prime minister’s move to scrap the limit on the number of hounds used for flushing out foxes “repeal under another name.”

Playing the heel, Barrington, a welfare consultant for the Countryside Alliance, countered that Cameron’s was simply trying to “address exemptions in the act.” Under the current law, farmers can flush out foxes using two dogs for reasons of “pest control.” However, MPs will have a free vote next week on scrapping the limit on hounds, making it almost impossible to prosecute those involved in hunting.

The pair opened by clashing over flouting of the law in Scotland, with May “rejecting utterly” Barrington’s assertion that the forthcoming vote was about “wildlife management.”

“There is no justification for the hunting of foxes on the grounds of control of foxes,” stormed May. “They breed them to hunt, it’s all about people… catching foxes for fun, they like causing pain and this is what Cameron is endorsing.“

“This is the way it’s always portrayed,” replied Barrington, “a bunch of sadists going out and killing for fun… this is about wildlife management,” he repeated.

“I’m sorry, bollocks,” shot back May, before showing the savagery of the “sport” with a graphic picture of a fox being flushed out. “The hunts are a nasty vestige of the last century which should be gone,” said the guitarist. The welfare consultant attempted one a last prod, reiterating his line about “pest control.”

Having chased and cornered Barrington, May then flushed him out: “You’re a bunch of lying bastards.” All that was left was for Laura Kuenssberg, a passenger for the entire meet, to apologise for the language.

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