Vinnie Jones targeted by animal rights campaigners over love of ‘cruel’ hunting

Vinnie Jones targeted by animal rights campaigners over love of ‘cruel’ hunting

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X Factor: Celebrity semi-finalist Vinnie Jones is under attack from campaigners over his love of .

They are furious the ex-­footballer is on a Saturday night ­entertainment show and stunned that anti- champ Simon Cowell is calling him “a friend”.

Vinnie Jones has come under attack over his love of hunting

Activists have highlighted how the sportsman-turned-actor takes part in hunting which they say is “cruel and causes suffering”.

The Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels star has admitted he goes ferreting to catch rabbits, has been , has taken part in and also hunts down foxes.

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 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 animals – I totally do not understand it.”

A has been started to get Vinnie off X-Factor (Image: Dymond/Thames/Syco/REX)

This article was first published by The Daily Star on 17 November 2019.


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Linda Badham
Linda Badham

WTF is wrong with Simon Cowell ?? VJ cant sing cant act . Praising him for what hes been through , well, aint we all. Get him off !

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Jive dork poseur pretending he is a real man. Yo dude, real men don’t kill

Diane
Diane

He’s an ugly thug, both on the outside and the inside and like many celebrities, has achieved his celebrity status just by being there – not actually achieving anything of great note. He should hang his head in shame, and as I reiterate, if he wants to partake in a shooting pastime – go fight in a war zone, where they shoot back. Rabbits, foxes etc can’t. That’s probably why he does it. Cowardly behaviour by anybody’s stance.

Janet pearson
Janet pearson

I agree he’s a thug who enjoys animal cruelty