Former love Island #love Islandstar Ollie Williams has hit back at criticism after he was called out for posting with deer he had hunted and killed.
In 2020 Ollie was briefly coupled up with eventual winner Paige Turley on the first season of Winter love Island, but left the villa after just three days, explaining that he was still in love with his ex-girlfriend.
However, at the time he caused uproar when pictures emerged of him smiling next to slaughtered animals, sparking over 200 complaints to Ofcom.
On Monday Ollie, who is the director of a hunting business called Cornish Sporting Agency, posted a photograph with three dead deers and captioned the post: ‘A fantastic morning with @paulchilderley on the Chinese Water Deer.’
‘They are prolific breeders with a hell of an appetite for seedling crops!
‘5/6 for the Grand Slam, Sika to go!’
He also posted a photo with a close up shot of one of the deer’s faces as he knelt by them, writing: ‘A brilliant, meat harvest, chiller filled. Wild, locally sourced, happy healthy meat. What more could you want?’
But after receiving backlash on social media, and from animal rights group PETA, who said he had a ‘cold heart’, Ollie posted a video on Instagram defending himself.
In it, he said that the animals he shot had ‘gone straight into the food chain’.
‘The meat is healthy, happy, sustainable and net zero,’ he explained.
‘It is far better than anything you could buy from the supermarket.’
‘It has not suffered.’
He added: ‘All the things you eat like the chicken, beef and pork have gone through a fairly horrible and rigorous slaughtering system where they’ve been gassed, electrocuted, had throats slit and basically seen their buddies dying around them in quite mass intensive killing factories, whereas these deer haven’t had that.’
The former reality star added that instead the deer had ‘just dropped in their natural environment with no idea of what’s going on’.
He also said that people should be eating game because it was the ‘best possible thing for the environment’.
There were several comments on his social media where people made it clear they didn’t support his hunting hobby, with one person writing: ‘I just don’t agree with this.’
PETA Vice President Mimi Bekhechi also said in a statement to the Daily Mail that it took a ‘cold heart to enjoy traumatising, hurting, and killing animals who are minding their own business’.
‘The UK public objects to gratuitous violence, so it’s no surprise that Ollie Williams is in the firing line for his callous behaviour.
‘PETA urges him to retire his rifle and recognise that animals deserve care and protection, not to be hunted down and shot.’
Previously accused of trophy hunting, a claim he has always denied, Ollie has said in the past he was involved in ‘conservation work’.
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