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Actor Comes Under Fire For Hunting Picture - There's Just One Problem

Former soccer star Vinnie Jones is a noted hunting enthusiast, so it wouldn’t be too shocking to see something hunting related on his social media feed. However, one of his recent posts raised some serious eyebrows. Jones is claiming that his account was hacked, otherwise such a disturbing photo would’ve never appeared there. So what’s all the hubbub about?

As the Daily Mail shares, a photograph of more than 100 dead foxes was posted on his Twitter account, and it contained an eye-popping caption.

“A real night lamping. Anyone beat this?” the caption read.

Jones, 52, was quick to push out a denial that he was the one behind the pic and caption.

“It is absolutely nothing to do with me whatsoever. I’d never seen the picture until this morning when I’d seen people going mad on Twitter saying I had done this and that. I was shaking,” he said. “I’d never seen the picture, and I’d never seen that many foxes. That is an attack on me. I don’t know how it has got on there.”

One of his friends quickly provided some cover for Jones as well.

“Friend Dave Whitby, head gamekeeper at the Petworth Park estate in West Sussex, said the photograph had been shared among gun enthusiasts. 'No one knows where the photograph came from,’ he said. ‘It was posted to me and I sent it to Vinnie saying “Where the hell have these come from?” the Mail reports. “We think it is abroad somewhere, Spain or Germany. I don’t know the story behind it, but I would think it would be impossible to shoot that many in a month let alone a day.”

Many animal rights activists weren’t buying it, and a slew of comments flew in.

“This is nothing less than a massacre. The extermination of such a large number of foxes cannot be interpreted as simply dealing with a rogue fox problem or wildlife management. The joy expressed here highlights the true nature of this activity, which is killing wildlife for fun and has nothing to do with fox control,” said Philippa King, of the League Against Cruel Sport.

“If people hunted down panicked dogs for fun, we would call it what it is: cruelty to animals. Vinnie needs to drop the idiot-thug act and put his strength into protecting – not destroying – those who cannot protect themselves from bullies,” noted Elisa Allen, the director of Peta UK.

“Treating animals as if they are nothing more than living targets is callous. Each of those foxes would have cherished his or her life – and many of those will have left behind cubs who will now have to fend for themselves,” added Animal Aid campaigner Tod Bradbury.

Absent additional information, we’re going to have to take Jones at his word here. That does seem like an inordinate amount of foxes for a single night of hunting, so it’s quite possible his account was hacked with the inflammatory photo. That being said, he may want to temper his enthusiasm for all things hunting until this one quiets down.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: MailOnline

Jones came under fire for the picture, which he claims he did not post.

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