Actor and former soccer player Vinnie Jones has outraged animal rights activists after posting a tweet claiming he has shot and killed 100 foxes.
In the now deleted tweet, Jones, 52, shared a picture of 100 dead foxes laid out side-by-side on a country road, the Daily Mail reports.
"A real night lamping #foxes," he captioned the photo. "Anyone beat this?"
Lamping is a form of hunting nocturnal animals at night with the use of powerful lights in order to see. The reflection of the bright light often scares the animals, giving the hunters an advantage. According to The Guardian, lamping is a legal form of pest an predator control and is a way to ensure the welfare of the entire habitat.
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Jones is a well-known hunting enthusiast and has mentioned his penchant for lamping on a number of occasions.
"Lamping is probably my favorite [form of hunting]," he said in an interview, according to the Daily Mail. "I've spent a lot of money on customizing my Land Rover for lamping. If the farmer has a fox problem I love going out and dealing with it for him."
The former soccer player has played for Wimbledon and Leeds United and currently resides in Los Angeles to focus on his acting career. He has starred in such films as "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" and "Gone in Sixty Seconds," and the TV show "Galavant."
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Fans and animal activists alike have reacted in disgust to the tweet.
"Loved Vinnie Jones as a [soccer player] especially in Leeds days but can't respect someone that kills innocent animals for fun," one Twitter user wrote. "Shocking!"
"Beyond despicable: ex-[soccer player] Vinnie Jones revels in killing foxes for fun," another person commented. "What kind of example is he setting??"
Jones has responded to the outrage over his Twitter page, claiming that he was hacked.
"I have just woke to see these tweets with fox pics," he wrote July 24. "This is a hack I've never seen this pic in my life and did NOT tw[e]et it is a HACK !!!!!"
Some, however, aren't buying his claim.
"Why would a hacker then delete [the photo]?" one person asked.
Another mentioned that it wouldn't make sense for him to be hacked, given that he is a well-known hunter.
"Why are you so defensive about this particular picture when you still think it's okay to go out and kill animals?" the person wrote. "Why do you do that?"
According to the Daily Mail, Jones' representatives have been reached for comment but have yet to officially respond.