Talk about placing the newly appointed Duchess of Cambridge in an uncomfortable position... PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, asked Kate Middleton to put an end to Prince William's hobby of bird hunting, which happens to be a "centuries old royal tradition."
What prompted PETA's request were the multiple reports that Prince William purchased 250 birds for Prince Harry's 27th birthday. The birds included pheasants, ducks and partridges - all for the purpose of hunting.
According to a IB Times report, Kate Middleton was sent a letter from PETA President Ingrid Newkirk, which said specifically, "May I ask you to use your influence on the Princes and ask them to reconsider this gift? 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."
The PETA President also said that if both Prince William and Prince Henry cancelled their bird hunting plans, they would "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."
Okay....seriously? Well, the fact that the PETA President sent a letter to Kate Middleton is really no surprise... but were they really expecting they could influence Kate to put a stop to a royal tradition that has been in place for centuries? As if one person, no matter how well-respected, could be expected to have such an immediate influence. Nice try, PETA.