October 26, 2010

The Emperor is Dead

Britain’s largest wild animal, a 9 feet tall 300 pounds deer which came to be nicknamed the “Exmoor Emperor,” has been found shot dead. The gigantic stag was shot by trophy hunters last week and his head and antlers are destined for the wall of a hotel or country home…

As British deer management expert Peter Donnelly told The Telegraph,

It's a disgrace that this magnificent animal has been shot at this time because it could be that he didn't get a chance to rut properly this year -therefore his genes have not been passed on this time round. The poor things should be left alone during the rut - not harried from pillar to post. If we care about deer, we should maintain a standard and stop all persecution during this important time of the year.

But I still can't believe it's true.

1 comment:

  1. Reminds me of an American cartoon of a glazed eyed, blood-stained 'hunter' with his aide-de-camp who warmly congratulates him for having slaughtered the last survivor of a particularly rare animal species.