A Freedom of Information Request has revealed that more than 7,000 wild animals were killed on the Royal Windsor Estate during 2013.

The huge numbers killed were mainly at the request of shoot operators, farmers and foresters, and Animal Aid believes that this culture of killing on Britain's wealthiest estates must be curbed.

Animal Aid believes that killing foxes in order to ‘protect' farmed pheasants – who are reared only to be shot for ‘sport' - is completely morally repugnant.

Perhaps it is not surprising that the Ranger of Windsor Great Park is the Duke of Edinburgh.

Here is a man whose well-known passion for shooting includes a tiger and a crocodile in India and tens of thousands of other animals in his lifetime. Sadly, that passion for killing continues right through with the younger royals.

Kate Fowler, Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent