Strictly Come Dancing returned to our TV screens on 22 September. But one contestant isn’t winning any fans, and it’s not because of her dancing.
TV presenter Susannah Constantine, best known for What Not to Wear, appeared on the show. But Constantine’s appearance was controversial. Not just because she’s an active hunter and shooter. But because she posted photos on Instagram of her 11-year-old child out shooting and smeared in blood. ‘Blooding’ is a ritual in which a young hunter or shooter is daubed with the blood of their first kill.
Vote her off
People took to Twitter to remind people of Constantine’s support of hunting:
— Alison Dixon 🏳️🌈 (@AlisonRhiannon) September 22, 2018
Fox hunting animal killing blood smearing Susannah Constantine was terrible – good #Strictly
— Patricia Rayner#FBPE (@Patsydors) September 22, 2018
Others stated that, whatever her dancing skills, she should get the boot:
— Marcus (@Testing_1212) September 22, 2018
And a petition was started to get her kicked off the show:
— Julie Stevenson (@JulieMcKie) September 22, 2018
As The Canary previously reported, this isn’t the only controversy the Belvoir has faced:
In March 2018, gamekeeper Nigel Smith was found guilty of holding a fox captive. On the same day the Belvoir Hunt was meeting nearby, investigators from The League filmed him retrieving the fox. Cunnington headed up the operation to expose Smith’s actions.
In February 2018, police began investigating the Belvoir Hunt after it allegedly killed a fox in Melton Country Park. Melton town council said horse riding and hunting in its parks are prohibited by local bye-laws. And in March 2016, police officer Sharon Roscoe quit her wildlife officer role after being exposed as riding with the Belvoir Hunt.
Just say no
Luckily, the viewing public gets a chance to vote on Strictly. So we can all pitch in to get rid of Constantine. Whatever the standard of her dancing, let’s use this opportunity to make a stand against glamourising hunters who think it’s okay to smear their children in the blood of the animals they kill.
– Join or donate to your local hunt saboteurs.
– Read more from The Canary on wildlife crime.
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