Every year, around 40 million pheasants are intensively reared to be released for shooting … and the four-month killing season started this month. Gun lobby spokespeople have already begun trying to fill newspaper columns and the airwaves with their sunshine and roses fantasy picture of their bloody sport.
Cages, industrial hatcheries, giant sheds and release pens are all involved in mass production of these feathered targets. Animal Aid continues to press for a ban on the purpose breeding of birds to be shot for sport, which Holland introduced in 2002.
A particularly vicious aspect of ‘gamebird’ production is the use of small metal cages, in which the egg-producing birds are confined. Animal Aid recently released shocking undercover footage showing just how wretched and utterly depressing a time the birds have inside these metal prisons. A civilised country would not permit their use.
In fact, a YouGov opinion poll we commissioned last year found that 77 per cent of respondents opposed them.
You can add your voice to those calling for a cage ban. Please contact Animal Aid at The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, TN9 1AW (www.animalaid.org.uk) for a free information and action pack.
Director, Animal Aid
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