Jeremy Corbyn slams Arsenal boss’ bloodsports TV channel
Jeremy Corbyn has spoken out against Arsenal boss Stan Kroenke’s trophy-hunting television channel, describing the sick activity as “brutal, unethical and unnecessary”.
The Labour leader slammed the pay-per-view hunting channel, which launched at the weekend, saying that, “This is not sport. Kroenke should stick to football if he wants to be involved in sport. In my mind ‘blood sport’ is a contradiction and there should be no place on TV or anywhere else for it.”
Stan Kroenke’s TV channel is called My Outdoor TV and was revealed in the UK at the Game Fair in Hertfordshire. The channel has been described by its backers as the “Netflix of the hunting world” and features shows such as Dark Continent Quest, in which bloodsports fanatics are shown shooting animals for fun.
In one disgusting scene from the show, a presenter is shown shooting an antelope dead with a bow and arrow, and a voice can be heard saying, “Good hit. Definitely some liver and some lungs hit.”
Other shows on the channel include Miss Wildgame – in which women compete in crossbow hunts – and Tracks Across Africa, which follows trophy hunters as they track and shoot lions, elephants, and buffalo.
In the show SCI Expedition Safari, a hunter called Mike Rogers is filmed shooting dead a lion in Tanzania, before commenting, “It felt good and I knew it felt good and everyone is celebrating it and it felt good.”
Jeremy Corbyn is an outspoken critic of bloodsports and heavily criticised Theresa May during the election campaign, when she revealed that she was a fan of foxhunting and wanted to repeal the Hunting Act.
He described foxhunting as “barbarity” and recalled how the first speech he ever made at school was of the need to ban foxhunting, hare coursing, badger baiting, and otter hunting.
Corbyn also confirmed that a Labour government would keep foxhunting banned, saying that; “You can be very clear that any government I am head of would not tolerate this kind of barbarity which is called sport in this country.”
Others have criticised Kroenke’s channel, including presenter Robert Peston who said, “As an Arsenal supporter I have to pay money to this person. I feel sick”, and fellow presenter Ben Fogle, who said, “I’m horrified that a man of financial stature, the majority shareholder in Arsenal and a man of influence, is apparently advocating and encouraging the killing of animals for sport.”
Animal rights organisation PETA lambasted “Stan Kroenke’s attempt to profit from crude bloodlust [which] will no doubt disgust Arsenal fans and players” whilst Phillipa King from anti-bloodsports organisation The League Against Cruel Sports, responded, “This is a massive own goal for Stan Kroenke. We live in a world where most people can see how brutal and shameful trophy hunting is, yet the Arsenal boss is choosing to launch his sick TV channel.”