'Game' bird shooting
The Gamebird Industry: It's not a game. It's a disgrace.
Every year in Britain, around 50 million pheasants and partridges are mass-produced in cages, hatcheries, sheds and pens so that they can be shot down by wealthy 'guns', who commonly pay £1,000 per day for the ‘privilege’. Hundreds of thousands of ‘game’ birds, used for egg production, are confined for the whole of their lives in metal battery cages, known as raised laying units.
Grouse are also classed as ‘game’. Around half a million of these birds are killed every year in Britain for ‘sport’ by some of the wealthiest and influential individuals in the land. Any wild animal deemed to be a threat to the brief survival of the grouse (including stoats, weasels and even iconic raptors such as hen harriers, red kites and golden eagles) are legally or illegally trapped, snared, or poisoned.
Animal Aid is calling for a ban on the use of battery cages for pheasant and partridge production. We are also campaigning for an end to all public subsidies to grouse shoots and the introduction of state licensing for shoots and gamekeepers – the retention of such licences to be dependent on the licensees staying within the wildlife protection laws.
National Anti-Shooting Week
National Anti-Shooting Week takes place towards the end of September, just before the start of the pheasant shooting season on 1 October.