Monday, 24 July 2017 23:02

Vinnie Jones kills 100 foxes, lines them up together, and takes a photo for Twitter (before deleting it)

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Former football hard-man Vinnie Jones has sparked fury after posting a grisly photo on Twitter of 100 foxes he apparently shot dead, boasting: “A real night lamping #foxes anyone beat this?”

The Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels star, 52, claimed he gunned down the defenceless animals, whose bloody corpses are seen spread out across a field, in a night hunt.

Animal campaigners said was “nothing less than a massacre”.

But a hunting organisation doubted the Hollywood actor could have found 100 foxes in any given area in rural Britain – suggesting Jones had killed the animals abroad or had stretched the truth.

The former Wimbledon and Chelsea midfielder is an avid hunter and has caused controversy in the past after posting photos of his ‘kills’ on his Twitter account.

Mr Jones, who lives in Los Angeles but has a country cottage in Sussex, has shared various pictures of himself next to his bloody spoils – including one picture of him posing next to 16 dead rabbits.

Mr Jones later deleted his controversial tweet after animal lovers lashed out on the social media site.

One wrote: “Loved Vinnie Jones as a footballer especially in Leeds days but can't respect someone that kills innocent animals for fun. Shocking!”

Another commented: “ Vinnie Jones, hard man of film and football thinks it hard to kills foxes and enjoy shooting. Now has deleted this but too late!”

A poster also complained: “I've always loved Vinnie Jones. After seeing this tweet I'd happily lamp him myself. #vile #disgusting #cruel #keeptheban”

And one Tweeter said: “Here’s self proclaimed 'tough guy' @vinniejones65 bragging about his sickening pastime #AnimalRights”.

A spokesman for Mr Jones had not immediately replied for comment.

The hard-man earlier this month told how he had a passion for hunting birds and wildlife. He revealed he particularly enjoyed lamping, which is the slang term for shooting foxes at night.

He told Shooting UK: “I love pigeon shooting — building the hide, putting the decoys out.

“Lamping is probably my favourite. I've spent a lot of money on customising my Land Rover for lamping. If the farmer has a fox problem I love going out and dealing with it for him.”

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