In a champion move for animals, Wimbledon star Andy Murray has just banished promos for hunting from the website of his luxury Cromlix Hotel in Scotland!
The tennis gold medallist hadn’t realised that the inexcusable pastime of maiming and killing animals with high-powered weapons was being advertised on his hotel’s website. After hearing from PETA, his company’s management swiftly confirmed that “Andy has made sure all traces of hunting have been removed from the website”. Bravo!
A British study of deer hunting found that 11 per cent of deer who’d been killed by hunters died only after being shot two or more times and that some wounded deer suffered for more than 15 minutes before dying. Unlike natural predators who help maintain wildlife populations by killing off only the sickest and weakest individuals, hunters kill any animal whose head they would like to hang over the fireplace – including large, healthy animals who are needed to keep the population strong.
As a professional athlete, Andy understands that true sports involve competition between two evenly matched consenting parties – whereas hunting involves an armed individual tormenting and killing a defenceless animal for a twisted notion of “fun”.
Last year, Andy’s hotel made another compassionate move for animals, by refusing to serve cruel foie gras – a pâté made from the diseased livers of force-fed ducks and geese – yet another reason to support him in this year’s Wimbledon Championship!
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