Unsavoury side of ‘sport’

FEBRUARY 1 marked the end of another pheasant and partridge shooting season – a time for readers to reflect on a particularly unsavoury aspect of this cruel ‘sport’.

FEBRUARY 1 marked the end of another pheasant and partridge shooting season – a time for readers to reflect on a particularly unsavoury aspect of this cruel ‘sport’.

While the industry would like to promote the idea that shooting birds is a natural and productive activity designed to put food on the table, the savage truth was revealed in the January 19 edition of Shooting Times by the chairman of the Game Farmers’ Association, Jonathan Crow.

The cost of presenting a live pheasant to the guns, Crow calculated, is £35, whereas the value of the dead bird is just 25p.

That means the birds are essentially worthless once dead, because there is no market for them.

Their ‘value’ is to act as a live target for wealthy guns, whose pleasure is derived from extinguishing life.

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Kit Davidson,

Animal Aid.