posted on February 07, 2015 11:03
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, otherwise known as Kate Middleton, was furious with her husband for participating in a traditional Christmas Boxing Day pheasant hunt in the UK. The hunt, which is held on the private grounds of the Sandringham estate, is a private and highly traditional affair for the British royal family.
Also on the hunt, which was delayed by one day, would have been Kate Middleton’s siblings Pippa and James, as well as both her parents. Sources close to the family state that they were given a special invite by the royal family to participate in the annual event on the Queen’s much loved private grounds.
The Duchess of Cambridge worried that Prince William would be caught by a journalist while holding a gun, something which caused significant controversy with his father. However, the grounds are strictly private and well protected from intruders.
But this doesn’t prevent the Duchess of Cambridge having concerns over the image it portrays to the British public. Prince William is an advocate of animal rights and conservation; yet he has often been found participating in hunts. Kate Middleton is worried that by continuing this, it will damage the image of her husband and herself.
Yet, if this was the case in the US, there would be no controversy. Hunters here are regularly taking to the fields to hunt pheasants during the season and are also concerned about the pheasant numbers. Pheasants Forever is a group dedicated to the promotion of pheasant hunting but also influences conservation efforts across the country. Their major concern over the past year has not been the falling number of hunters, but the rapid decline in birds. They understand that without birds there will be no hunters.
The US has proven that both hunting and conservation can live side by side and be a benefit to communities too. The pheasant hunting industry in South Dakota generates approximately $200 million annually from hunting related activity.
Was Kate Middleton right to be annoyed with her husband? Did you go hunting on Boxing Day this year?
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