Phil Spencer faces fierce backlash as video of him with shot deer resurfaces (Image: CHANNEL 4)
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Phil Spencer has come under fire on social media following the resurfacing of a video of him handling a dead deer.
The Location, Location, Location presenter and property expert, 51, first came under fire for the footage when it appeared on the online TV station the Fieldsports Channel back in 2011, according to the Evening Standard at the time.
The publication reported that Spencer had accompanied farm manager Andy Crow on a hunting expedition, with Crow's crops having been harmed by the deer.
Now the footage from the occasion has resurfaced and gone viral on Twitter with 981,000 people viewing a 56-second clip online.
During the clip which was first posted in June 2020, Spencer can be seen handling the corpse of a deer after having shot it dead.
A video of Phil Spencer handling a deer he shot has gone viral on social media
Spencer says: "I managed to get a cheeky shot on a slightly difficult angle."
"It didn’t sound like I’d hit it," he noted, but confirmed he had.
He continued: "I am absolutely chuffed to bits. It has been my ambition to shoot a deer for a very, very long time."
He went on by addressing the deer: "Thanks, Buddy. But I will remember you for as long as I shall live.
"Hopefully, I might get to taste him as well."
In a statement at the time in 2011, Spencer noted: "Because I've been involved in different types of fieldsports since practically I could walk it's always been around me.
"It's something I'm very comfortable about. It's part of me – it's my complete passion."
Referring to his family background in farming with his father, Spencer noted that the operation he took part in was "serious and necessary" with the deer costing the farmer £40,000 due to crop damage.
Spener added: "I was asked if I wanted to help and taken out by an experienced deer hunter he employs on the farm. Around 100,000 deer are culled in the UK each year, not purely related to crop protection, but this is an absolutely necessary precaution against over-population. I took this particular animal home and it has since fed around 35 people."
Phil Spencer has come under fire from a few famous faces on Twitter
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Spencer concluded: "I’m sorry if killing such a beautiful animal is difficult for some people to stomach, but I would also hope that anyone who enjoys eating any type of meat stops to appreciate that their chicken, sheep, cow, pig etc also had to die in order to end up on their dinner plate – and almost certainly had a less fulfilling life than this wild fallow buck did."
However, sharing the clip on Twitter, Downton Abbey star Peter Egan wrote: "His ambition was to shoot a deer which he did..he then goes on to humiliate his victim.
"He is a pathetic psychopath..shocking t***wit."
Author, playwright and journalist Melanie Blake tweeted: "Not sharing the #PhilSpencer video where he kills a deer then shows off his true persona as he gleefully toys with it's corpse.
"This description, as vile as it is, is nothing compared to what is captured on that camera. If I ever see him on TV again I will switch off immediately."
The Location, Location, Location star was first criticised for the clip back in 2011
(Image: Channel 4)
Author Natalie Rowe tweeted: "What a disgusting individual #PhilSpencer is, I wish I hadn’t watched that.
"It’s not about being a meat eater, it’s how much he relished in shooting Bambi. Always been his ambition, he says!. He needs f***ing therapy".
Another Twitter user shared an image of Phil Spencer's Twitter profile biography and penned: "Phil Spencer didn't put in his bio he gets a kick from shooting deer".
The Mirror has approached Channel 4 for comment on this story.
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