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Steven Spielberg has found himself at the centre of a Facebook.com prank after one user shared a snap of the director sitting next to a 'dead' dinosaur on the set of Jurassic Park and jokingly shamed him for hunting down the animal.
Jay Branscomb uploaded the image of the filmmaker with a mechanical Triceratops, taken on the set of the 1993 blockbuster, last week (ends13Jul14), and sarcastically wrote in the caption, "Disgraceful photo of recreational hunter happily posing next to a Triceratops he just slaughtered. Please share so the world can name and shame this despicable man."
The snapshot was reposted more than 33,000 times, and attracted some harsh criticism for Spielberg for apparently killing an innocent animal, despite the fact dinosaurs became extinct 66 million years ago.
Some of the comments were clearly made in jest, including one which read, "I did not know that Steven Spielberg is a dinosaur hunter. I am not only outraged, but disgusted!!", but others seemed to be legitimately furious at the director.
One misinformed user raged, "He's a disgusting inhumane p**ck. I'd love to see these hunters be stopped. I think zoos are the best way to keep these innocent animals safe... a**holes like this piece of s**t are going into these beautiful animals' homes... and killing them. It's no different to someone coming into your home and murdering you... I'm not watching any of your movies again ANIMAL KILLER."
Spielberg has yet to comment on the controversy.