Retired policeman, Ray Egan, stages badger protest outside Gatcombe Estate

Modern day John Bull played by Ray Egan protests outside the entrance to Gatcombe Park after comments made by Princess Anne on Countryfile

Modern day John Bull played by Ray Egan protests outside the entrance to Gatcombe Park after comments made by Princess Anne on Countryfile

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FUELED by anger after Princess Anne suggested gassing was a 'nicer' way of killing badgers, a retired police officer led a protest outside her Gatcombe Park Estate on Friday.

Dressed as John Bull, Ray Egan said he was “incensed” by what the Princess Royal had said on Countryfile and staged a one-man protest outside what he calls “Gascombe Park”.

HRH provoked controversy by saying: “If we want to control badgers the most humane way of doing it is to gas them.”

Mr Egan, from Birmingham, said: “Just as I got there Princess Anne was leaving the estate in a military helicopter.

“I would definitely say that I got my point across with my signage.

“Sixty years ago hedgehogs were accused of spreading TB.

“What have we learnt in 60 years that all of a sudden we have to blame the badgers. Medical and scientific research needs to be carried out to find out how it is spread.

“As well as serving as a police officer, I have also worked in the agriculture industry, specifically cattle, and I do not believe badgers pass TB to cows.

“The estate has a lot of woodland, I could see that from standing outside the front.

“There will obviously be badgers living there with a lot of cattle nearby."

Mr Egan used to be a mascot for the Hereford Bull Society, however due to his views on the spread of TB he no longer holds this role.

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