Every year, around 60 million pheasants and partridges are purpose-bred for the shooting industry.
Game Bird Shooting
Every year, around 60 million pheasants and partridges are mass-produced so that they can be shot down by wealthy guns in the UK. Thousands of pheasants and partridges, used for egg production, are confined for the whole of their productive lives in cruel and oppressive metal battery cages, known as raised laying units. Grouse are also classed as ‘game’. Around half a million of them 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. In order to create a landscape for feeding and sheltering the grouse, ecologically precious blanket bog is burned and drained.
In addition, around 1 million ducks are shot for sport between 1 September and 31 January – the majority purpose bred in sheds.
Animal Aid is calling for a ban on the production of birds for ‘sport’ shooting, and, as an immediate measure, a ban on use of battery cages for pheasant and partridge production.