Bill’s blast for Kate’s bird blasts

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BRAVE bird lover Bill Od­die is tak­ing on the na­tion’s favourite new­ly­wed for shoot­ing game.

Bri­tain’s best-known or­nithol­o­gist said he felt “de­spair” that Kate Mid­dle­ton, who be­came a world icons af­ter mar­ry­ing Prince Wills in April, has not taken the op­por­tu­nity to break away from “need­less and blood­thirsty” tra­di­tions.

The 29-year-old was spot­ted last month per­fect­ing her shoot­ing skills at Bal­moral for the Queen’s tra­di­tional Box­ing Day pheas­ant shoot at San­dring­ham, Nor­folk.

Od­die ( above), 70, wrote: “Dis­ap­point­ment and de­spair were amongst my emo­tions at see­ing Kate Mid­dle­ton tot­ing a ri­fle.

“The Duchess of Cam­bridge has a real op­por­tu­nity to set a dif­fer­ent, 21st cen­tury kind of ex­am­ple. Sadly she has not taken it.

“As lit­tle as 200 years ago, peo­ple were shoot­ing game for food – but those days are long gone. Some ar­gue that most game isn’t wild, but I hon­estly be­lieve that breed­ing birds for death is even worse.”

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