Lee Ryan of the British band, Blue, has become a joke on Twitter after taking to the microblogging site to rant his objection against the British government’s decision to cull beavers in an attempt to tackle bovine tuberculosis, or TB, which can be spread from infected beavers.
Ryan tweeted over the weekend that the entire human race would be wiped out if the government went ahead with its policy, adding that he is opposing the move because, “Humans have a voice, innocent animals need one.”
“I f**king hate the human race!! Karma is a b***h and us wiping out badgers is just murder! i hate everyone who thinks it's right! F**k you,” Ryan tweeted, and followed it up with another message that read: “One day we are gonna get struck down by god with nasty f**king virus & be slaughtered by human nature like we slaughter her children. Idiots”
According to a report on UK’s Mirror, Ryan changed the display picture on his Twitter account to that of a beaver’s to showcase his solidarity with others who call the killings an inhuman act.
“Yes I changed my picture to a badger. doesn't mean i am one I just feel like I need to show my support against the killing of them,” he wrote.
Ryan tweeted that he was sure the media was going to target him for the “mad outburst,” but said he did not regret doing so as it got the attention of a lot of people, and has started a debate of sorts on his Twitter page.
“I tell you one thing, my page is buzzing with opinions. At least your all talking about the issue at hand. Job done! ;) x,” Ryan tweeted on Sunday.
This is not the first time Ryan has courted controversy by standing up for animal rights. During a BBC interview in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York, Ryan said that the media should be focusing on “more important” news.
"What about whales? They are ignoring animals that are more important. Animals need saving and that's more important. This New York thing is being blown out of proportion," Ryan had said at the time.
And, although band members, Simon Webbe and Duncan James, asked Ryan to shut up, he went on: "Who gives a f**k about New York when elephants are being killed. I'm not afraid to say this, it has to be said and that's why I'm the outspoken one from the band."