This footage depicts the corpses of approximately 200 rotting pheasants, which had been shot before being dumped adjacent an open crow trap on a red grouse moor.
The video was captured on a shooting estate in the Forest of Bowland today – 15/01/17 and undermines claims that all pheasants shot are then disposed of sustainably. Really?
Of the 35 million + pheasants released in Britain each year, how many of these birds end up disposed of like this on other shooting estates across our country? So where is Natural England’s justification now for continuing to issue licenses allowing gamekeepers to needlessly kill Buzzards under licence to protect their precious pheasant in and around their (often open top) pens?
If gamekeepers on just one estate are able to dispose of so many surplus pheasants in such a wasteful way, we would strongly suggest Natural England must go back to court and challenge the original court ruling. These images clearly prove estates are themselves discarding more pheasants than are being predated by buzzards. Surely, no further licenses should be issued if pheasants can be treated in such a disgraceful cavalier manner by their custodians.
Say NO to the slaughter.