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October 25, 2010

Exmoor Emperor, Britain’s Largest Animal, Gunned Down In ‘Trophy Hunt’

In a move that has infuriated British wildlife experts, a giant red stag thought to be the country’s biggest wild animal has been shot dead, according to reports.

The stag, nicknamed the “Exmoor Emperor,” weighed more than 300 pounds and stood nearly 9 feet tall. Its death is believed to have been carried out by a licensed sport hunter rather than poachers, the Daily Mail reports.

While there is no question as to the shooting’s legality, the Emperor’s death has reportedly angered animal activists and wildlife experts, who believe the wild stags should receive special protection during their mating season. Red deer stags are the biggest native land animals left in Britain, and the Emperor was thought to be the largest among them.

As British deer management expert Peter Donnelly tells The Telegraph:

It’s a disgrace that this magnificent animal has been shot at this time because it could be that he didn’t get a chance to rut properly this year -therefore his genes have not been passed on this time round. The poor things should be left alone during the rut – not harried from pillar to post. If we care about deer, we should maintain a standard and stop all persecution during this important time of the year.

Donnelly went on to note his frustrations that sportsmen from abroad and other parts of the country had been descending upon Exmoor National Park specifically for bloodsport. “There are people who are prepared to spend quite ridiculous sums of money to have a trophy on their wall,” he said.

 

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to you who think shooting a stag
is something about which to brag
what happened to your brain
did you leave it on the train
or was it long ago tossed
into a garbage bag!!!!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Sissy Mac Neil permalink
    October 25, 2010 8:34 pm

    Heartbreaking.

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  2. marie catterall permalink
    October 26, 2010 12:46 am

    THIS IS A F**G OUTRAGE. WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH OUR WORLD THAT WE WANT TO DESTROY THE ONLY BEAUTY THAT IS LEFT IN OUR WORLD THAT BEING OUR WILD LIFE .
    I AM ASHAMED TO BE CALLED A HUMAN BEING.
    THIS SHOOTER WAS GIVEN THE RIGHT TO SHOOT DOWN OUR BEAUTIFUL WILD LIFE SO NOW YOU WANT TO MAKE A NEWS STORY ABOUT IT
    THE ENGLISH GOVERNMENT SHOULD HANG THEIR HEADS IN SHAME.

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  3. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    October 26, 2010 7:17 am

    to you who think shooting a stag
    is something about which to brag
    what happened to your brain
    did you leave it on the train
    or was it long ago tossed
    into a garbage bag!!!!!!

    Like

  4. christine Hibbens permalink
    October 30, 2010 12:24 am

    I am appalled,that animals are worth more to these fools dead than alive……………………..

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  5. wendy shaw permalink
    October 30, 2010 12:29 am

    I cannot believe these mentals are killing the biggest,strongest animals on our Planet they are essentially murdering their gene pool into extinction.
    I am disgusted the human race is the only species that MURDERS every other species on the planet for pleasure….. And for what?? Essentially we are killing ourselves. The planet is heating we are running out of water,wiping out 1/2 of our oxygen supply (trees) and poisoning and overfishing the other (ocean).
    The sooner our race is extinct the better the animals will be.

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