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A man is pictured with dead pheasants during a shoot

A man is pictured with dead pheasants during a shoot

First published in Letters

AUGUST 12 – the so-called ‘Glorious Twelfth’ – was the start of the grouse shooting season, which runs until December 10. During this time, shooters will kill around half a million birds, whose numbers have been boosted to unnatural levels by intensive management of the UK’s moorlands.

Just ahead of the next big date in the shooting calendar – the start of the pheasant shooting season – Animal Aid will hold its National Anti-Shooting Week (22-28 September).

Supporters will be calling on their MPs to back our campaign for a ban on the battery cages in which pheasants and partridges used for breeding are confined.

Annually, around 50 million pheasants and partridges are purpose-bred to serve as little more than feathered targets for wealthy shooters. Readers who would like to find out more should visit or call 01732 364546 to order an Anti-Shooting Information Pack.

Fiona Pereira
Campaigner, Animal Aid
The Old Chapel
Bradford Street

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