What does any 27 year old dude want for his birthday?! If you guessed hunting pheasants, you would be right!? You would also be Prince Harry.
While most dudes probably just want to drink on their birthdays, the Royals have a tradition that they go hunting. Prince William purchased 250 sacrificial pheasants, ducks and partridges for a hunting expedition/shooting party for Prince Harry's birthday party who turned 27 last week.
Some people do paintball, so this is kind of like that, except with real guns and actual birds will die. Okay, so not the same at all, but Kate Middleton wears long-sleeves year round, and that isn't very normal either.
Apparently the birthday hunting expedition is royal tradition, but that didn't mean PETA wasn’t still outraged. When PETA President Ingrid Newkirk heard about the Duck Hunt birthday party she sent a letter to Kate Middleton Duchess of Cambridge to plead with her to convince her husband that birds are not for buying and killing.
"We understand that Prince William has given a gift of 'game birds' to Prince Harry for his birthday. There is no honor in buying birds and reducing them, as if they were clay pigeons, to shooting targets. Those who aren't killed outright are often dispatched by having their necks wrung, which does not cause an instant or painless death," says Newkirk
The PETA president adds that she thinks Kate can somehow talk the boys out of having their hunting playdate.
"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."
Newkirk hopes that the Royals will change their minds and make "it clear that the monarchy is in tune with the social movement against cruelty to animals."
While I don't think that killing birds sounds like a fun way to celebrate your 27th birthday (Was Vegas not an option? A nice dinner? Cigars?) PETA loves to call out celebrities for doing anything that could potentially harm an animal.
Earlier this month, PETA sent another of these "cease and desist" letter to Rihanna. Rihanna wore a teal dress to her perfume launch that was completely covered in Ostrich feathers. It was a pretty ugly shirt to begin with and PETA thinks the letters may have been collected in an inhumane way. The sent her this letter:
"We keep hoping that Rihanna, a victim of violence herself, will learn to open her heart and start empathizing with the suffering of others."
Peta doesn't mess around, you guys.