Groundbreaking investigation carried out by West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs, Stop The Cull and the Hunt Saboteurs Association exposes the dark side of the shooting industry. The footage shows dead pheasants being dumped in a mass open grave by a digger. Watch the full footage here
Pheasants are bred in factory farm conditions only for them to be released, shot and then dumped in pits like this one. The fact that heavy machinery is needed to dump the pheasants shows the scale of just how many birds are killed and dumped every week. This is certainly not a one off this is common practice in the shooting industry.
The birds get dumped Everybody — I repeat, everybody — in the shooting world knows this. – Guy Walters, The Times
The shooting industry is coming under increasing scrutiny and ultimately we would like to see a complete ban.
Until then we will continue to put the cruelty of the shooting industry under the microscope with investigations like this.
About 50 million birds in Britain are bred each year to be shot at more than 5,000 shoots. Customers often pay thousands of pounds to kill up to 800 birds a day.
Up to 600 birds can be killed six days a week for the length of the season. Millions of pheasants and partridges are being shot in this way
Jay Tiernan, spokesperson for Stop the Cull said:
“From watching and listening to people involved in game shooting, it has become obvious that very few people within the industry are prepared to accept that the majority of birds being shot are not making it to the table. Perhaps it is a guilty secret? Whatever the reasoning, it is something that anti bloodsports activists are particularly interested in exposing. Small hidden cameras are becoming cheaper and easier to use, so those involved in the industry should expect to come under closer and closer scrutiny by activists, and in turn by the wider public. Whilst no one in the grassroots animal rights community would condone any killing of game birds, it is becoming increasingly obvious that the big bag shoots (where hundreds of birds are shot per day) are the main perpetrators of this heinous waste of life. It certainly can’t be said, when killing a pheasant on these now common large scale shoots, that it’s “one for the pot”.”
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated:
“This footage proves the lie that shooting has anything to do with conservation. Game birds are factory farmed in huge numbers purely to be shot in big bag shoots. Shooting is a bloodsport and nothing more. As we receive more and more information about them via our tip off line we expect disruption of shoots by local hunt saboteur groups to increase.”
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