Anti-hunting activists have branded TV rat catcher Ricky Clarke a ‘serial killer’ in support of a proposed bill that would ban the importation of body parts from animals hunted overseas.
The Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting advertised outside Parliament and railway stations that 46-year-old Clarke was ‘one of Britain’s most notorious serial killers’ and ‘still at large’.
An undercover investigation revealed the hunter – who starred in the BBC One program The Rat Pack – had completed 20 safaris in at least 11 African countries and made more than 100 kills, the Times reported.
He also has a trophy room with more than 50 of his kills including lions, hippos, leopards and many other species of animals.
Clark’s hunting hobby is perfectly legal, but the importation of animal carcasses could soon be banned under proposed legislation. MPs are expected to start debating the legislation tomorrow.
TV rat-catcher Ricky Clarke (pictured) has been branded a ‘serial killer’ by the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting in support of a proposed bill that would ban the importation of body parts from animals hunted overseas.
Clark has hunted all over the world, including in Africa, Kyrgyzstan, Canada, Hungary, Finland, Spain, France and the Czech Republic.
He told an undercover investigator to ban trophy hunting from the campaign that he shot two leopards, which the group claims are threatened with extinction.
‘I shot one in self-defense at eight yards. I shot him in the nose,’ Mr Clarke recalled of the trip to Namibia, according to the Times.
‘I was hunting something else and he came for me.’
On a subsequent safari in Zambia, he hunted a second leopard. During that trip he also reportedly shot a hippopotamus to use as bait.
‘Four baits were hit by big toms so I had a choice of which tom I wanted to shoot,’ he explained.
Mr Clarke said he and his team set up poachers’ hides and then he shot the leopard ‘out of the tree’ on the first night of the trip.
He recalls: ‘It was an incredible experience. I shot buffalo, big bushbuck, a civet cat, a leopard and a hyena and some impala and a few other things.’
MailOnline has contacted Mr Clarke, the BBC and the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting for comment.
An undercover investigation revealed that Mr Clarke – who starred in the BBC One program The Rat Pack – completed 20 safaris in at least 11 African countries and made more than 100 kills. Pictured with his brother Jimmy in The Rat Pack
Mr Clarke has a trophy room filled with over 50 of his kills including lions, hippos, leopards and many other species.
Mr. Clark is one of television’s most beloved hunters. The Rat Pack, which shows how his urban pest control business uses dogs to remove rats from homes, received ‘favorable’ reviews when it launched in 2009.
The show was broadcast on TV stations across the UK and as far away as Australia.
Hunter also has a popular YouTube channel with videos of his pest control successes A clip, in which his Plummer terrier Kimber kills a large rat, has been viewed more than five million times
He appeared on the popular American TV network CNN in a report about his ‘career’ as a rat catcher.
In addition, Mr Clarke claims to be a member of the exclusive hunting syndicate on the Sandringham estate of the royal family in Norfolk.
He reportedly joined the group after being introduced to a gamekeeper in the area and he ‘saw King Charles about three weeks ago.’
The hunter also alleged that the group would ‘hunt around William’s house.’
The Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting advertised outside Parliament and railway stations that 46-year-old Clarke was ‘one of Britain’s most notorious serial killers’ and ‘still at large’. Photo: An advertisement of the group in a van outside the Houses of Parliament
Meanwhile, lawmakers will begin debating a bill aimed at banning the import of hunting trophies into Britain.
If it becomes law, the bill – tabled by Tory MP Henry Smith – will stop poachers bringing animal skins, severed heads and carcasses back to the UK after being shot abroad.
The government has spent years promising a ban, but has failed to deliver a timetable.
But British trophy hunters have defended their involvement, saying it pours money into the economies of the countries they hunt.
But animal rights campaigners continue to condemn the practice and support the government’s campaign to ban imports.
Inquisitor Sir Ranulph Fiennes is among those urging MPs to back the bill, who earlier called on the leadership to ‘help stop this sick blood sport’.
Actor Sir David Jason, chimpanzee expert Dame Jane Goodall and poet Benjamin Zephaniah are also known to support the legislation.