X Factor: Celebrity semi-finalist Vinnie Jones is under attack from animal rights campaigners over his love of hunting.
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”.
The Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels star has admitted he goes ferreting to catch rabbits, has been wild boar shooting, has taken part in hare coursing 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.”
This article was first published by The Daily Star on 17 November 2019.
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