Animal Aid

Ask your MP to help ban production of birds for shooting

Posted 29 June 2009

David Taylor MP has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM 1684) calling for a ban on the production of birds for ‘sport’ shooting.

It is vital that you contact your MP and ask him or her to sign this EDM before Parliament breaks up for its summer recess (21 July - 12 October).

Every year, more than 40 million pheasants and partridges are mass-produced to serve as mere feathered targets for shooters. Of the 40 million birds, ‘only’ 18 million are shot and retrieved. The rest die from starvation, predation, injury or under the wheels of motor vehicles. Animal Aid has demonstrated in The Game Drain report that, out of the 18 million who are shot and retrieved, just 8 million birds are sold to game dealers as food.

Pheasants typically sell for a little over £2. But getting one bird airborne for shooting costs, on average, £29.50 – thirteen times greater than their retail ‘value’.

The shooting of birds for sport is not about putting food on the table, as the industry would like people to believe. It is about killing defenceless birds for pleasure.

Please act now and ask your MP to sign EDM 1684.

You can obtain detailed background information at the following pages:

Text of the EDM:

Early Day Motion 1684


Taylor, David

That this House notes that every year in Britain around 35 million pheasants and six million partridges are purpose-bred in cages, sheds and pens so that they can be released and shot for sport; is concerned about the suffering endured by these birds and by the large number of indigenous wild mammals and birds that are trapped, snared, poisoned and shot to protect this activity; is alarmed by the thousands of tons of leadshot and plastic casings discharged annually by live quarry shooters, and also by the disruption caused to native wildlife at the start of each shooting season when the millions of pheasants and partridges are released; and calls on the Government to bring forward legislation at the earliest opportunity to prohibit the production of birds for sport shooting, in line with the ban introduced in Holland in 2002.

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