This Morning Viewers Disgusted By Man Who Defends Trophy Hunting On UK Shores
This Morning viewers were left 'disgusted' after a guest tried to defend trophy hunting in the United Kingdom.
Charlie Jacoby appeared on the daytime ITV show to defend hunting and insisted that it should not be considered a crime and that it is a genuine hobby.
The debate was sparked by a video of elephants being shot, which Charlie described as 'ghastly' but he continued to defended Woburn Abbey Deer Park, which has been accused of offering foreign trophy hunters the chance to kill stags for £9,000.
Chris Luffingham, from League Against Cruel Sports, clashed with Charlie as he tried to justify the trophy hunting by describing it as culling.
However, Chris said the public would be 'horrified" to find out what was happening on our own doorstep.
Chris said: "I would be worried this is happening on our shores. We're horrified when we see photos on Facebook of people shooting animals and posing with lions and giraffes. I think very few people would know this is happening on their doorstep."
Charlie admitted that he keep antlers on his wall and that he was "managing" the deer population at his park in Exmoor.
He said: "I think murder is a bit strong. We've got sentience, empathy and consciousness. In that situation. It's not terribly British to go trophy hunting the days. It's American and Danish.
"Chris is laughing, he's lucky the animal rights lot have a consensus all animals are cuddly."
He continued: "In my management situation I have deer I have to cull every year. If I could sell one of those deer for £9,000 that's terrific.
"It could pay for a vehicle, to clear woodland, it would be lovely for the deer."
Social media users took to Twitter to express their disgust at Charlie's attempts to justify trophy hunting.
One user wrote: "Trophy hunting is gross and inexcusable. By defending it you're facilitating and encouraging psychopathic behaviour. You're not brave or strong or powerful for shooting an innocent animal with a gun, just downright cowardly."
Another added: "I'm by no stretch of the imagination an activist or even someone that follows pro-animal rights arguments.. but I do find it odd when people try and defend trophy hunting and dismiss the term 'murder' as they are killing animals not humans. We are all animals [sic]!"
"A third user added: "Can someone please restrain me so I don't punch the TV because of this stupid pr*ck trying and failing to defend trophy hunting."
Earlier this year a legal petition was filed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) after it was found that the giraffe population was declining due to trophy hunting.
It called on the US Fish and Wildlife Service to offer up protection to giraffes, the number of which has suffered a steep decline in recent years.
The Guardian reported a drop in 40 percent of giraffes since 1985, taking the number in sub-Saharan Africa to just 97,500.
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