Prince George could have nightmares after ‘watching grouse shoot’, warns PETA

Animal rights activists have said Prince George could have ‘nightmares’ after being taken to a grouse shoot.

Over the weekend. the five-year-old was chauffeured to the Queen’s Balmoral estate in Scotland to watch his dad shooting the birds in the hills, the Scottish Mail on Sunday reported.

But PETA have hit out at the event, calling animal shoots "blood sports".

Director Elisa Allen said the experience could damage George’s "psyche" as there was a proven link between cruelty to animals in childhood and antisocial behaviour in adulthood.

The statement read: "Very few people these days view shooting for "sport" as anything other than a violent perversion that hurts and kills beautiful birds who are minding their own business.

"For a child to be compelled to witness such casual killing – and by a parent, he looks up to, no less – is potentially as harmful to his or her psyche as it is to the bird’s very life.

"It can desensitise children to the suffering of animals – which is cause for concern, given the well-established link between cruelty to animals in childhood and antisocial behaviour in adulthood – and could give George nightmares.

"To help him grow into a responsible, compassionate leader, his parents must teach him respect for all living beings."

The Queen, 92, reportedly drove herself to the shoot in her Range Rover.

Afterwards, they enjoyed a lunch with other members of the royal family including the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince Edward, Sophie the Countess of Wessex and their children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

The Princess Royal as well as Zara and Mike Tindall were also understood to be present for the gathering on Friday.

PETA whose motto reads, "animals are not ours to use for entertainment" – notes that an estimated 700,000 grouse are shot in the UK every year for sport.

They also said vast numbers of animals such as foxes, stoats, squirrels, and weasels are killed by shooters and gamekeepers to "protect" the grouse just long enough for them to be shot.

Mirror Online have contacted Kensington Palace for comment.

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