Anti-hunting activists have branded TV rat catcher Ricky Clark as a ‘serial killer’ in a marketing campaign supporting a proposed invoice that would ban the importation of physique components from animals hunted abroad.
The Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting has positioned adverts exterior Parliament and railway stations saying Clark, 46, is ‘one of Britain’s most prolific serial killers’ and is ‘nonetheless at massive.’
An undercover investigation revealed the hunter – who starred within the BBC One programme The Rat Pack – has accomplished 20 safaris in at the very least 11 African international locations and has over 100 kills, The Times reported.
He additionally has a trophy room filled with greater than 50 of his kills which embody a big selection of species equivalent to lion, hippo, leopards and extra.
Clark’s searching interest is utterly authorized, however the importation of animal our bodies might quickly be banned below the proposed legislation. MPs are anticipated to begin debating the laws tomorrow.
TV rat-catcher Ricky Clark (pictured) was branded a ‘serial killer’ by the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting in a current advert supporting a proposed invoice that would ban the importation of physique components from animals hunted abroad
Clark has hunted everywhere in the globe, together with in Africa, Kyrgyzstan, Canada, Hungary, Finland, Spain, France and the Czech Republic.
He reportedly instructed an undercover investigator from the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting that he had shot two leopards, which the group claims are threatened with extinction.
‘I shot one in self defence at eight yards. I shot him within the nostril,’ Mr Clark recalled of a journey to Namibia, in keeping with The Times.
‘I used to be searching one thing else and he got here for me.’
He hunted the second leopard on a later safari in Zambia. During that journey he reportedly additionally shot a hippo to make use of a bait.
‘Four baits obtained hit by huge toms so it was a alternative of what tom I needed to shoot,’ he defined.
Mr Clark mentioned he and his group constructed a hunters’ hideaway after which he shot the leopard ‘out of the tree’ on the primary evening of the journey.
He recalled: ‘That was an unimaginable expertise. I shot buffalo, huge bushbuck, a civet cat, a leopard and a hyena and a few impala and another s**t.’
MailOnline has approached Mr Clark and BBC for remark.
An undercover investigation revealed that Mr Clark – who starred within the BBC One programme The Rat Pack – has accomplished 20 safaris in at the very least 11 African international locations and has over 100 kills. He is pictured together with his brother Jimmy on The Rat Pack
Mr Clark has a trophy room filled with greater than 50 of his kills which embody a big selection of species equivalent to lion, hippo, leopards and extra
Mr Clark is one of tv’s most cherished hunters. The Rat Pack, which showcased how his city pest management enterprise used canines to take away rodents from properties, acquired ‘beneficial’ evaluations when it launched in 2009.
The programme was broadcast throughout the UK and on TV stations as distant as Australia.
The hunter additionally has a standard YouTube channel with movies of his pest management successes. One clip, that includes his plummer terrier Kimber killing a massive rat, has seen greater than 5 hundreds of thousands instances.
He additionally appeared on standard American TV community CNN in a report in regards to the ‘working life’ of a rat-catcher.
Additionally, Mr Clark claims to be a member of the unique searching syndicate on the royal household’s Sandringham property in Norfolk.
He reportedly mentioned he joined the group after changing into acquainted with a gamekeeper within the space and that he ‘noticed King Charles about three weeks in the past.’
The hunter additionally alleged the troupe will ‘hunt round William’s home.’
The Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting has positioned adverts exterior Parliament and railway stations saying Clark, 46, is ‘one of Britain’s most prolific serial killers’ and is ‘nonetheless at massive.’ Pictured: One of the group’s ads on a van exterior the Houses of Parliament
Meantime, lawmakers will start debating a invoice that goals to ban the import of searching trophies into Britain.
If it turns into legislation, the invoice – tabled by Tory MP Henry Smith – would cease hunters bringing animal skins, severed heads and carcasses again to the UK after shoots overseas.
The Government has spent years promising a ban, however failed to supply a timetable.
But British trophy hunters have defended their involvement, saying it pours a reimbursement into the financial system of the international locations the place they hunt.
But animal rights campaigners have continued to sentence the follow and have backed the Government’s marketing campaign to ban imports.
Among these urging MPs to help the invoice is explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who beforehand referred to as on management to ‘assist put an finish to this sick bloodsport’.
Actor Sir David Jason, the chimpanzee skilled Dame Jane Goodall and the poet Benjamin Zephaniah are additionally mentioned to help the laws.