Funny, but the English had a long, "proud" history of shooting anything that moved just for the hell of it.
Africa, India, Asia, even the Americas...
Many British-led "expeditions" of "exploration?"
As often as not simply code for "let's go kill everything that we can."
Kind of hard to be sanctimonious when your own history isn't exactly... stellar.
"The gift which I am sending you is called a dog, and is in fact the most precious and valuable possession of mankind" -Theodorus Gaza
Baby Jesus cries when the fat redneck doesn't have military-grade firepower.