As we previously reported, an online petition and a Facebook page demanding Metallica's removal from Glastonbury 2014 bill have recently surfaced, expressing outrage over James Hetfield's hunting endeavors and his narrator role in the upcoming bear-hunt History TV series "The Hunt."
Explaining the anti-Metallica stance, "Remove Metallica From Glastonbury" page admin Richard Fraser told Radio.com that "this is not hunting for the table, for food or survival."
"'The Hunt' is being broadcast at the same time as the festival is on," Fraser stated. "This gives 'The Hunt' extra credence and tacit support because every time Metallica gets mentioned in the context of Glastonbury Festival by a magazine or article anywhere they will almost certainly mention in passing that James Hetfield is also fronting the show.
"This is perfectly sensible for any journalist to do and to be expected. Journalists would not be doing their job if they did not report this kind of information."
The admin further stressed, "This is not hunting for the table, for food or survival. Bear meat can be eaten but it rarely is. Nor is [it] hunting for conservation although its supporters say it is. The Kodiak Bear hunt is done using 'traditional' methods, long/compound bow and black powder single shot rifles.
"These rarely result in a 'clean kill' as you would get from a high velocity hunting rifle. Often the animal is wounded and is put through a great deal of pain that they may or may not survive. Animals that have been wounded are far more dangerous than healthy ones."
In conclusion, Richard pointed out that the protest isn't directly aimed at Metallica or James. "I would like to add that this is not particularly against Metallica, I would do the same if any other band found itself in the same position," he said.
"With fame comes responsibility and much as I applaud the work that James and the other members of the band has done in other causes, this dose [sic] not let them off the hook in this case. It is also a great opportunity for them to stand up for a cause and make a statement against Big Game Hunting."
Both page and the petition are garnering more support, as the page has grown for a total of 22,000 likes since yesterday (June 4). The petition on the other hand, has also fetched about 7,000 more supporters since yesterday and is now at 8,000 signatures.