Brian May expressed his delight after a police unit dedicated to protecting wildlife was saved.
The Queen star vented his fury last month (Feb16), over the potential closure of Britain's National Wildlife Crime Unit due to government budget cuts. The unit tackles crimes such as badger baiting and the persecution of birds of prey.
Brian joined fellow animal rights activists to thank U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron after it was announced on Tuesday (01Mar16) the animal detectives' future had been secured.
"We applaud David Cameron for enabling the U.K. to lead the way in preventing crimes against wild animals," the Bohemian Rhapsody musician told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper.
In a statement to the U.K. parliament, Environment Minister Rory Stewart said the wildlife crime unit would receive $190,490 (£136,000) a year until 2020.
Speaking before the decision to continue the animal protection squad's funding was announced, the guitarist and astronomer praised its officers, saying, "Britain is becoming a key destination in the international illegal wildlife trade... The work that the NWCU does combating these crimes is vital. It also tackles important domestic issues such as persecution of birds of prey."