Glastonbury Festival founder, Michael Eavis, has expressed support for the badger cull.
The dairy farmer said he would not be having gunmen killing the set at his Worthy Farm in Somerset, but said he was in favour of the cull when there is a “heavy loss of dairy cattle”.
He told the Guardian: “As a dairy farmer I am not on the side of the badger.
“They are treated like a protected species, but they are actually quite a damaging species.
“There is a farm three miles down the road that lost 500 cows to TB. That’s the whole of his career, and his father before him, and his grandfather, just destroyed in one fell swoop.”
He said the animal also uprooted orchids and had killed and eaten hedgehogs – a claim which Jeff Hayden of the Badger Trust described as ludicrous.
The famous Glastonbury site is not in the trial zones where marksmen could any day begin shooting badgers.