Prince William slammed for grouse hunting hobby after call to ‘protect nature’

Prince William has been slammed for his "farcical" call for people to "protect and restore nature" due to his grouse shooting hobby.

The Duke of Cambridge reportedly took Prince George, seven, to watch a family grouse shoot just two months before he began talking publicly about the climate emergency.

During a grouse shoot, wild birds are spooked into flying over a particular area where people stand armed with guns.

Participants then shoot the birds out of the sky, killing the animals, and risking bullets toxic to wildlife being left in nature.

On Friday October 9, Prince William released a video of himself in conversation with life-long naturist David Attenborough.

He also took part in a Ted Talk about the climate emergency, urging people to protect and restore nature, clean air, and revive the oceans.

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Prince William said: "Together we must protect and restore nature, clean our air, revive our oceans, build a waste-free world and fix our climate."

The Duke of Sussex has since been slammed by environment campaigners for the video, which has been called "farcical" due to his "damaging practice" of grouse shooting.

Lee Moon, of the Hunt Saboteurs Association, said: "He thinks he can tell ordinary people they should be making changes in these times of austerity yet he and his family don't seem willing to change their lifestyles at all.

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"They have always been huge supporters of blood sports and they don't seem to think they have to change that.

"It's just farcical, some of the stuff he says is incredibly selective about the environment while he continues to be such a massive supporter of blood sports and shooting in particular."

A spokesman for bird charity RSPB said: "It is perfectly legal to shoot game birds for sport.

"The RSPB is not against legal activities that are carried out responsibly.

"We want to see the introduction of a system of licensing for driven grouse moors in order to raise environmental standards.

"We are also asking for the whole grouse shooting industry to end unsustainable practices, such as the use of lead ammunition and the burning of blanket bog.

"We want to see damaged land restored and managed in a manner that benefits both wildlife and people."

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