They are furious the ex-footballer is on a Saturday night entertainment show and stunned that anti-cruelty champ Simon Cowell is calling him “a friend”.
Activists have highlighted how the sportsman-turned-actor takes part in hunting which they say is “cruel and causes suffering”.
He claims the practice of lamping –where hunters use a high-voltage spotlight that reflects the eyes of animals and makes them easier to spot – is his “favourite”.
And he added: “If a farmer has a fox problem, I love going out and dealing with it for him.”
Activists have questioned why X Factor boss Simon – a staunch anti-cruelty campaigner who has donated millions to animal welfare causes – is pals with the star and got him on the show.
The TV mogul has said: “I don’t understand how anyone can get pleasure from hunting or killing animals – I totally do not understand it.”
This article was first published by The Daily Star on 17 November 2019.
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