William and George’s trip to Balmoral to celebrate the Glorious Twelfth – the start of the grouse shooting season – may be delayed this year due to a shortage of birds. Amid the potential delay to their traditional trip, animals rights group PETA has called on the “sick practice” to be banned. Speaking to Express.co.uk, Elisa Allen, PETA’s Director, attacked the “extremely cruel” practice which takes place every year.
Such is the “extreme cruelty” shown to animals, the group insisted the practice should’ve been banned long ago.
Ms. Allen said: “The perpetrators of this blood sport breed grouse in factory farm-like conditions, then release the birds into the countryside – simply so that hunters who lack empathy, compassion, and respect for these living, feeling beings can get a sick thrill from blasting them to death with a shotgun.
“This practice should have ended with the feudal system, as it’s extremely cruel and environmentally destructive.
“To stimulate the growth of heather shoots for young grouse to eat, management companies set fire to moorland – emitting some 260,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, (the primary greenhouse gas responsible for climate change) every year.
“Fortunately, very few people these days view shooting for “sport” as anything other than a violent perversion that hurts and kills beautiful birds and destroys our precious ecosystems.
“For this reason, hunting of any kind will soon go the way of cockfighting, bearbaiting, and dogfighting.”
Last year, the Cambridges traveled to the family home in Scotland where they shot grouse in Corgarff.
The royals have a long tradition of grouse shooting and are often pictured venturing out during the season which extends from August 12 to December 10.
Ahead of their trip to Balmoral, Kate and William enjoyed a holiday break on the Isles of Scilly.
This is the second year running the family has traveled to the isles in Cornwall.
According to Hello!, the family traveled to the popular destination after putting off a holiday abroad.
Kate and William are also discussing where to send George next year and are even considering sending him to boarding school.
According to royal sources, the parents will not send him to boarding school unless he wants it and is having open discussions over it.
Commenting on the plans, Royally Us hose Joe Drake said: “They are talking about potentially sending him to boarding school but sources told Us Weekly that they wouldn’t do it unless George wants to and obviously he’s old enough now to say yes or no.