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PETA targets royal couple

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Sep 23, 2011 | 7:15am EDT

Reports suggest Prince William recently gifted his brother, Prince Harry, with a number of pheasants, ducks and partridges for a shoot at Queen Elizabeth II's estate in Sandringham, England in honour of the young royal's 27th birthday.

PETA bosses are outraged by the suggestion and have written to Prince William's wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in a bid to put an end to the bloodsport.

PETA President Ingrid Newkirk writes, "We understand that Prince William has given a gift of 'game birds' to Prince Harry for his birthday. There is no honour in buying birds and reducing them... to shooting targets... May I ask you to use your influence on the Princes and ask them to reconsider this gift?

"You are in a unique position to be able to wield considerable influence over whether people everywhere view animals and their place in our world with kindness or blithely ignore their suffering. Please ask the Princes to open their hearts to the suffering of birds casually used as skeet and make the compassionate decision not to kill for fun.

"By cancelling the planned 'day's sport... they will win hearts and commendations and spare hundreds of birds a terrifying end, making it clear that the monarchy is in tune with the social movement against cruelty to animals."

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