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31 July 2017

Arsenal threatened with boycott after owner Stan Kroenke launches sick TV channel in UK dedicated to trophy hunting

ARSENAL’S name is being dragged through the mud over the wrong kind of trophy hunting.

The Gunners’ majority stakeholder Stan Kroenke has been slated for launching a TV channel that glorifies shooting endangered species in Britain.

One of the programmes SCI Expedition Safari shows a lion being shot while the hunters enjoy
One of the programmes SCI Expedition Safari shows a lion being shot while the hunters enjoy
Outdoor Channel
American billionaire Stan Kroenke has been blasted over his ownership of American channel My Outdoor TV
American billionaire Stan Kroenke has been blasted over his ownership of American channel My Outdoor TV
AFP

American Kroenke, 70, faces a huge backlash over the poorly-judged move, with some fans threatening to boycott the club altogether with critics saying it glorifies blood sport.

Outdoor TV star Ben Fogle called for supporters to abandon the club.

He tweeted: “Boycott @arsenal for these comments from #StanKroenke #elephantslaughter #boycottarsenal #americanpoacher.”

The billionaire launched My Outdoor TV or ‘MOTV’ in the UK, which has been described as the “Netflix of the hunting world.”

Costing £7.60 a month, the service also has an app, where viewers can watch on demand programmes on their smartphones.

Many shows on the channel celebrate expensive hunting trips in Africa, where elephants, lions, buffalo and leopards – at a time when some species are close to extinction.


One of the programmes SCI Expedition Safari shows a lion being shot while the hunters enjoy
One of the programmes SCI Expedition Safari shows a lion being shot while the hunters enjoy
Outdoor Channel
Stan Kroenke has long divided Arsenal fans over his financial policy at the club
Stan Kroenke has long divided Arsenal fans over his financial policy at the club
AP

Kroenke Sport Entertainment, which owns Outdoor Sportsman Group has successful launched MOTV in the United States and hopes for a similar appeal in the UK.

One programme called Carter’s W.A.R. also documents how game keepers look to preserve elephants and protect them from poachers.

The hunting of deer and bear is legal during some times of the year in the US, although the rifle season for hunting deer, for example, is closely restricted to a few weeks a year.

Wildlife expert Ben Fogle called for fans to boycott Arsenal over the channel's launch
Wildlife expert Ben Fogle called for fans to boycott Arsenal over the channel’s launch
Twitter @benfogle

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And the UK has much tighter laws over firearms.

Kroenke has long divided Arsenal fans over his ownership, with many supporters believing keeps the purse strings too tightly closed.

Arsenal have some big names out of contract next summer, including Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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