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WWF slams hunting as pressure on Kroenke rises

THE WWF condemned illegal hunting yesterday, after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was “appalled” with Arsenal owner Stan Kroeke for unveiling a TV channel dedicated to killing animals.

My Outdoor TV was launched in the US in 2016 but has just been made available in Britain.

It operates like streaming services such as Netflix and claims to show “thousands of hunting, fishing and shooting episodes featuring the biggest names in outdoor TV” for a subscription fee of $9.99 (£7.50) a month.

A spokesman for the channel said that it will “present ethical, fair chase hunting and as long as it’s legal it will be on there.”

However, the WWF told the Star that our wildlife “is in crisis.”

“WWF condemns any illegal hunting and is opposed to all forms of hunting that threatens species or habitat sustainability,” they said. “But globally our wildlife is in crisis. In some situations, the only way to protect wildlife populations is by ensuring that it’s in the economic interests of the local community to do so.

“WWF accepts trophy hunting only in a very limited number of contexts where it is culturally appropriate, legal and effectively regulated. It must also demonstrate clear conservation and community benefits.”

The platform is run by Outdoor Sportsman Group, which is part of Mr Kroenke’s company Kroenke Sports and Entertainment.

And the move was condemned by Labour leader Corbyn, an Arsenal fan, who said the US businessman “should stick to football if he wants to be involved in sport.”

Mr Corbyn said: “I’m appalled at the glorification of killing wild and rare animals on this TV channel.

“As an Arsenal fan I’m disgusted that Stan Kroenke is involved in such a brutal, unethical and unnecessary activity.

“This is not sport. Kroenke should stick to football if he wants to be involved in sport.

“In my mind ‘blood sport’ is a contradiction and there should be no place on television or anywhere else for it.”

Chief operating officer of the League Against Cruel Sports Philippa King called it “a massive own goal for Stan Kroenke.”

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