ANIMAL Aid would like to invite readers to order a free copy of our new publication, The Trouble with Shooting.
The booklet is a short and informative guide for anyone who wants to know more about the mass-production of pheasants, partridges, grouse and ducks, destined to become feathered targets for shooters.
This is the start of the breeding season for the 46 million pheasants and partridges who are bred annually for shooters. 2010 is the last year that raised battery-cages will be used for mass-producing pheasants but, sadly, it does not represent an end to the production of birds for 'sport' shooting.
The majority of birds do not die instantly after being shot. Many are not retrieved and face a slow and agonising death from their wounds. The 'lucky' few who make it through to the end of the shooting season are faced with the grim prospect of death by starvation, predation or under the wheels of cars.
The majority of shot birds are not sold as food, and there are reliable accounts of birds being buried in specially-dug pits because there is so little demand for their meat.
They are bred solely for the purpose of becoming a live, feathered target, to indulge the sick appetites of a violent few.
More details, as well as photos
taken from our undercover investigations, can be seen in the new booklet, so please order your free copy of The Trouble With Shooting straight away.
Visit www.animalaid.org.uk for more information.
FIONA PEREIRA via email