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ARSENAL majority shareholder Stan Kroenke has been accused of scoring a “massive own goal” after appearing to support bloodsports and hunting.
Kroenke’s My Outdoor TV has been available in the United States since 2016 and has recently been launched in the UK.
The channel, which operates in a similar way to other streaming services such as Netflix, is run by Outdoor Sportsman Group, which is part of Kroenke Sports and Entertainment (KSE).
It charges subscribers a 9.99 US dollars a month and claims to show “thousands of hunting, fishing and shooting episodes featuring the biggest names in outdoor TV…how-to videos and even wild game recipes.”
Kroenke, 70, owns over 67 per cent of Premier League side Arsenal, as well as the Colorado Rapids Major League Soccer team and NFL franchise the Los Angeles Rams.
“This is a massive own goal for Stan Kroenke,” King said in a statement.
“We’re living in a world now where most people can see how brutal and shameful trophy-hunting is, yet the Arsenal boss is choosing to launch his sick TV channel in the UK.
“The channel claims to show ‘ethical, fair chase and legal’ hunting. Most people won’t agree that trophy-hunting is in any way ethical, and studies have debunked claims that most of the blood money goes towards supporting conservation. I’m not sure in what way an idiot with a gun against an elephant is a fair chase.
“And yes, the hunting they show might be legal – though if they start showing hunting in the UK they’ll have to tread very carefully.
“Hunts claim to be trail-hunting when they chase foxes, stags and hares, but we’ve shown that the vast majority of trail-hunting is just a false alibi for the actual hunting and killing of animals. If this channel starts showing trail-hunting, they’ll be on very rocky ground.