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Animal Aid's Undercover Footage From the 2008/2009 Shoot Season
Posted 3 February 2009
February 1st marked the end of the pheasant and partridge shooting season, leaving behind it a trail of destruction and death.
Of the 40 million pheasants and partridges bred ever year to be gunned down, ‘only’ 18 million are actually shot and retrieved. The rest die from starvation, predation, injury or under the wheels of motor vehicles. Having been conditioned to be dependent from birth on their keepers for housing and food, released ‘gamebirds’ are especially vulnerable to such outcomes.
Aside from the mass-slaughter of birds, there is also the wholesale destruction of wildlife perpetrated by the shooting industry. Foxes, crows, stoats and any animals perceived to be a threat to gamebirds are ruthlessly killed.
Animal Aid has collected compelling undercover footage from the 2008/2009 season, which clearly shows that the breeding and killing of birds has nothing to do with producing food for the table, and everything to do with the pleasure that certain individuals obtain from killing animals for ‘sport’.