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Old 04-09-2016, 09:30 PM
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I don't think Prince Charles shoots any more and hasn't for several years, though he still fishes. His sons do but I read that their father stopped, whether for ethical reasons or boredom with the sport, or arthritis in his shooting shoulder or what, I don't know.
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I don't think Prince Charles shoots any more and hasn't for several years, though he still fishes. His sons do but I read that their father stopped, whether for ethical reasons or boredom with the sport, or arthritis in his shooting shoulder or what, I don't know.

Charles still shoots, or did as recently as 2014.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/...shooting-party
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It says in that article though that he hadn't been seen with a gun or in a shooting party since 2008. I think it must have been two or three years ago that I read that Charles had stopped. If it leaked that he had stopped shooting and that was for PR purposes, to boost his environmental image, then no wonder Charles was annoyed when he was spotted.
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Old 04-10-2016, 12:14 AM
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I think it might more be that he's mostly stopped being photographed while hunting, and doesn't do the big more public hunts that his sons still do.

If I remember correctly, the DoE has stopped hunting for health reasons - he had to stop shooting after he was fitted with a stent in his heart because doctors were concerned the blow back from a gun would disrupt it (or something to that extent, I can't find the article that I read about it).
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And no one is stopping them from hunting birds and deer. They simply cant use hounds to kill (they can be used to flush out). Fox hunting is barbaric, it isn't hunting in any sense (the dogs do the killing) and I pray it is never legal again.
Deer have to be culled to conserve both the vegetation and the species of deer, it is a government requirement for estates to remove a certain number of stags and hinds each year. If this practice was halted, over breeding would cause devastation to the natural vegetation and the herds would ultimately starve to death in huge numbers. The beasts are selected for stalking by gamekeepers or ghillies, who are aware of the age and health of the stags. This way, they can ensure a humane end to their lives in the case of the weaker deer, who may not otherwise survive the coming winter. Deer stalking is absolutely a question of conservation, despite the popularity with foreign businessmen and oligarchs, who pay vast sums for the chance to participate in the cull and in so doing, contribute to the tourism industry in more remote parts of the UK.

As for fox hunting, hounds are no longer allowed to be set on the fox for the kill, but rather a huntsman is required to dispatch the fox cleanly. It depend which side of the fence one sits. Some would also consider the gratuitous murder of livestock by foxes, who kill in many more numbers than they mean, or are able to consume, to be barbaric. Farmers still have to kill foxes as part of pest control, whether or not they have been chased from their covert by a field of mounted hunters or not.
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I don't recall saying I had a problem with deer hunting. I am more than aware that it is used for conservation.

I called fox hunting, and by that I mean the sport where people ride horses and have dogs tear apart the foxes, barbaric. Foxes are not barbaric, they are animals, they act on nature and instinct. Barbaric is a conscious act of savage cruelty. Animals lack the conscious capability of that. Yes, foxes kill livestock, and yes farmers have every right to protect their animals and kill them if needed. That is not the same as fox hunting (the sport).
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Countessmeout, my description of the culling of deer was not directed at you specifically, but in response to your having mentioned it, to the readers generally.

Murder of livestock is cruel and foxes destroy in far greater numbers than simply to sustain their own lives. That current practice of hunting requires the clean and swift dispatch of foxes, rather than a violent death from the hounds. Many of the hunts in the United Kingdom practice drag hunting, where the hounds and field follow a trail of scent laid down over the hunt country. This provides exercise for the hounds and horses and helps preserve this traditional aspect of rural lifestyle.

Though she hasn't been mentioned in this thread, Princess Michael of Kent has made no secret of her fondness for hunting but as with most, it is more for the thrill and challenge of keeping up with the field and accompanying the pack, than the pursuit of foxes.
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This is an old Story and not against hunting who was popular at that time.
Grand Duchess Charlotte and Prince Felix of Luxembourg went to a hunting in Belgium, incognito.
When the went back to Luxembourg the weather was that bad that they decided to sleep in a Hôtel à la Barrière de Champlon. (Ardennes)
They entered a hotel, they looked a bit dirty and were refused for the night.
They went to the hôtel at the other side of the road and were accepted.
To the first Hôtel they send a Card with the compliments of Their Royal Highnesses the Grand Duchess and the Prince of Luxembourg !
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