Anti-hunting campaigners have branded TV rat catcher Ricky Clark a “serial killer” in a campaign to back a bill that could ban the importation of body parts from animals hunted overseas.
The campaign to ban trophy hunting has placed adverts outside Parliament and train stations saying Clark, 46, is “one of Britain’s most prolific serial killers” and is “still at large”.
An undercover investigation revealed the hunter – who starred in the BBC One program The Rat Pack – completed 20 safaris in at least 11 African countries and killed more than 100, The Times reported.
He also has a trophy room filled with over 50 of his kills, which include a wide range of species such as lion, hippo, leopard and more.
Clark’s hunting hobby is completely legal, but importing animal carcasses could soon be banned under the proposed law. MPs are expected to start debating the legislation tomorrow.
TV rat catcher Ricky Clark (pictured) has been branded a ‘serial killer’ by the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting in a recent advert backing a bill which could ban the importation of body parts from animals hunted into abroad.
Clark has hunted all over the globe, including Africa, Kyrgyzstan, Canada, Hungary, Finland, Spain, France and the Czech Republic.
He reportedly told an undercover investigator from the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting that he shot two leopards, which the group claims are endangered.
“I shot one in self defense at eight yards. I shot him in the nose,” Mr. Clark recalled of a trip to Namibia, according to The Times.
— I was hunting something else and it came after me.
He hunted his second leopard on a subsequent safari in Zambia. During that trip, he also shot a hippopotamus to use as bait.
“Four lures were hit by big toms, so it was a choice of which tom I wanted to shoot,” he explained.
Mr Clark said he and his team built a shelter for the hunters and then shot the leopard “out of the tree” on the first night of the trip.
He recalled: “It was an incredible experience. I shot buffalo, big bush, a civet cat, a leopard and a hyena and some impala and shit.’
MailOnline has contacted Mr Clark, the BBC and the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting for comment.
An undercover investigation revealed that Mr Clark – who starred in the BBC One program The Rat Pack – completed 20 safaris in at least 11 African countries and had more than 100 kills. He is pictured with his brother Jimmy in The Rat Pack
Mr. Clark has a trophy room full of over 50 of his kills, which include a wide range of species such as lion, hippo, leopard and more.
Mr. Clark is one of television’s most beloved hunters. The Rat Pack, which featured how his urban pest control business used dogs to remove rodents from homes, received “favorable” reviews when it launched in 2009.
The program was broadcast in the UK and on television stations as far away as Australia.
Hunter also has a popular YouTube channel with videos of his pest control successes. One clip, featuring his plummer terrier Kimber killing a large rat, has been viewed more than five million times.
He also appeared on the popular American television network CNN in a report on the “working life” of a rat trapper.
In addition, Mr Clark claims to be a member of the exclusive hunting syndicate on the royal family’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk.
He said he joined the group after meeting a ranger in the area and “saw King Charles about three weeks ago”.
The hunter also claimed that the band would be “hunting around William’s house”.
The campaign to ban trophy hunting has placed adverts outside Parliament and train stations saying Clark, 46, is “one of Britain’s most prolific serial killers” and is “still at large”. Pictured: One of the group’s advertisements on a van outside the Houses of Parliament
Meanwhile, MPs will begin debating a bill aimed at banning the import of hunting trophies into the UK.
If it becomes law, the bill – tabled by Tory MP Henry Smith – would stop hunters bringing animal skins, severed heads and carcasses back to the UK after shoots abroad.
The government has spent years promising a ban but has offered no timetable.
But British trophy hunters have defended their involvement, saying it pours money back into the economies of the countries where they hunt.
But animal rights campaigners continued to condemn the practice and supported the government’s campaign to ban imports.
Among those urging MPs to support the bill is explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who previously called on the leadership to “help end this sick blood sport”.
Actor Sir David Jason, chimpanzee expert Dame Jane Goodall and poet Benjamin Zephaniah also support the legislation.