The Block auctioneer Damien Cooley is slammed for ‘grotesque’ deer killing

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The Block auctioneer is slammed for ‘grotesque’ celebration after killing a deer and boasting about it on Instagram: ‘Lost all respect for you’

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A five-time winning auctioneer on The Block has been criticised for killing a deer and posting a celebratory photo of the hunt on Instagram.

Damien Cooley said on Tuesday he’d ‘ticked off a very big life goal this week’ as he posed for a picture while crouching next to the dead animal. 

Animal rights advocates were disgusted by the image, with one saying they had ‘lost all respect’ for the real estate professional.

The Block auctioneer Damien Cooley has been slammed for his 'grotesque' celebration after killing a deer and boasting about it on Instagram on Tuesday (pictured)

The Block auctioneer Damien Cooley has been slammed for his ‘grotesque’ celebration after killing a deer and boasting about it on Instagram on Tuesday (pictured) 

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Mr Cooley captioned the confronting photo: ‘Ticked off a very big life goal this week. I understand some may not like it but this is me.

‘I hunt for the table and have so much respect for these animals.

‘I’m with my best mates and this was a special moment we shared. This fallow stag will be respected for the rest of my time.’ 

The backlash came in thick and fast, with one person commenting: ‘Magnificent animal – better off alive. Gross. Get better “life goals”.’ 

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Mr Cooley captioned the photo, 'Ticked off a very big life goal this week. I understand some may not like it but this is me. I hunt for the table and have so much respect for these animals'

Mr Cooley captioned the photo, ‘Ticked off a very big life goal this week. I understand some may not like it but this is me. I hunt for the table and have so much respect for these animals’ 

‘The world needs less death and trauma at the moment. See ya,’ another wrote. 

‘Sorry, not a fan of this. How this could be an achievement, I don’t know,’ a third critic wrote, while another said they’d ‘lost all respect’ for Mr Cooley.

‘So much tragedy, trauma, killing in the world and you smile and proudly contribute to it by killing a beautiful animal. Disgusting!’ one person commented.

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The backlash came in thick and fast, with one person commenting: 'Magnificent animal - better off alive. Gross. Get better "life goals"'

The backlash came in thick and fast, with one person commenting: ‘Magnificent animal – better off alive. Gross. Get better “life goals”‘

Feminist firebrand Clementine Ford weighed in to say the photo was 'absolutely grotesque'

Feminist firebrand Clementine Ford weighed in to say the photo was ‘absolutely grotesque’ 

Feminist firebrand Clementine Ford also weighed in to say the photo was ‘absolutely grotesque’. 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Mr Cooley and Channel Nine for comment. 

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Mr Cooley has overseen the winning auction on The Block five times, and started his company, Cooley Auctions, in 2003.

He has starred on other reality shows, including The Renovators, Under the Hammer, Hot Auctions and Selling Houses Australia. 

Mr Cooley has overseen the winning auction on The Block five times. He is pictured with The Block 2021 winners Mitch Edwards (left) and Mark McKie (right)

Mr Cooley has overseen the winning auction on The Block five times. He is pictured with The Block 2021 winners Mitch Edwards (left) and Mark McKie (right) 

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