Tro­phy-hunt­ing shame of gun cop ‘IT’S RE­PUL­SIVE.. NO EX­CUSE FOR THIS SLAUGH­TER’

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - EX­CLU­SIVE by ISO­BEL DICK­IN­SON Chief Re­porter

AN ex-cop runs a tro­phy-hunt­ing club where the rich pay thou­sands to slaugh­ter an­i­mals.

Peter Jones, who worked for the Metropoli­tan Po­lice as a firearms ex­pert, now rubs shoul­ders with hun­ters who join his “ex­clu­sive” Capre­o­lus Club.

The mem­bers-only group ar­ranges trips for gun-tot­ing tro­phy hun­ters. It of­fers them the chance to slaugh­ter all six species of deer in the UK, as well as boar and foxes.

The for­mer de­tec­tive, 47 – who won an award for brav­ery – also or­gan­ises trips abroad, in­clud­ing one to butcher “dan­ger­ous game” in Africa.

Hunt­ing a buf­falo, one of the much­cov­eted “big five” in shoot­ing cir­cles, is on of­fer for “as lit­tle as £6,750” on trips to South Africa, Mozam­bique and Zim­babwe.

Euro­pean brown bears can be hunted in Croa­tia for £8,250. And de­spite claims of be­ing eco-friendly, there are videos of hun­ters tak­ing pri­vate jets on trips.

Ed­uardo Gon­calves, of the Cam­paign to Ban Tro­phy Hunt­ing, said of Jones: “Thanks to him, count­less in­no­cent an­i­mals have been sense­lessly slaugh­tered in Bri­tain.

“He’s sold sick hunt­ing hol­i­days where peo­ple can kill an­i­mals right across Europe and Africa too.

“Peo­ple will be ut­terly dis­gusted by his re­pul­sive busi­ness and how he chooses to make money.”

In one video called “Elk hunt­ing in Nor­way” a ter­ri­fied moose falls 200ft off a cliff while flee­ing their guns. Jones asks: “Did you get it?” A man replies, “No, she broke her neck”, which sparks laugh­ter.

In an­other a man shoots a red stag in the UK and boasts of plan­ning to take the heart as a tro­phy to make a “beau­ti­ful” tartare.

The com­pany’s web­site says Jones “ded­i­cated him­self to the bet­ter­ment of deer and large game through their care­ful se­lec­tion”.

The com­pany also sells a £9,500 pack­age for the lat­est hunt­ing fad in which pun­ters shoot African rhi­nos with vi­ta­min-laced darts. Af­ter it is shot, a team man­han­dles the an­i­mal so the hunter can pose for pic­tures. Cus­tomers get a replica tro­phy of its head.

Jones, pic­tured above, from Lon­don, brags: “Mem­bers are able to ex­pe­ri­ence the thrill of hunt­ing and shoot­ing a rhino.

“The pro­jec­tile how­ever is a dart that ad­min­is­ters vi­ta­mins.” But Ed­uardo said: “The hunt­ing in­dus­try is con­stantly com­ing up with ex­cuses... to jus­tify the un­jus­ti­fi­able. What they’re re­ally up to is ex­ploit­ing an­i­mals for their own en­ter­tain­ment.”

Jones was ap­proached for com­ment.

DAILY STAR SUN­DAY SAYS – PAGE 6 TAR­GET: Darted rhino af­ter be­ing shot by the hun­ters IN HIS SIGHTS: Jones runs trips shoot­ing all UK species of deer

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