We've all seen the stomach-churning photographs of trophy hunters proudly sitting alongside a beautiful wild animal they have just killed, and we have been sickened that in the 21st century these cowardly acts of desecration still continue.
But you might be shocked, very shocked, to learn that this repulsive 'sport' is also thriving here in the UK.
Some dubious British companies are offering sadistic tourists the chance to stalk and kill our native wildlife – for 'fun'.
Described as a recreational sport, the practice is, bizarrely, not illegal but some of the animals being hunted and slaughtered in the name of recreation are amongst the rarest of our country's creatures including the endangered wild mountain goat, perhaps the most beautiful and elusive wild animal in Britain.
Mountain goats have somehow missed out on the official protection offered to other threatened species and this loophole is being exploited by the unpleasant companies who advertise the opportunity to stalk and shoot them for a fee.
Hunting mountain goats is openly advertised in Scotland and Northumbria, where numbers of this precious animal have been steadily in decline, and there are reports that the barbaric sport is also being pursued in Wales, where the population of these wonderful creatures is estimated to be less than 500 individuals.
Due to the fact that wild mountain goats are not officially classified as 'game', and because they are not protected by any formal laws, there is no closed season for hunting them which has left them wide open to a free-for-all abhorrent killing spree.
Frenzied carnage, carried out by vile individuals who get a kick out of slaughtering a rare and beautiful animal.
This cannot be tolerated in a country that is supposed to be leading the way in modern thinking with regard to conservation – it is at the very least an anachronism in the 21st century and is another shameful reflection on the human race.
I'll leave the final words to the Welsh Mountain Goats Facebook page, which in January issued this plea:-
“In the UK it is legal to kill any wild goat at any time of the year.
It is legal for companies to charge a fee if you shoot one.
It is legal for a shot goat's head to be mounted on a paying tourist's wall.....
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