Ask your MP to help ban production of birds for shooting

David Taylor MP has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM 1684) calling for a ban on the production of birds for ‘sport’ shooting.

It is vital that you contact your MP and ask him or her to sign this EDM before Parliament breaks up for its summer recess (21 July – 12 October).

Every year, more than 40 million pheasants and partridges are mass-produced to serve as mere feathered targets for shooters. Of the 40 million birds, ‘only’ 18 million are shot and retrieved. The rest die from starvation, predation, injury or under the wheels of motor vehicles. Animal Aid has demonstrated in The Game Drain report that, out of the 18 million who are shot and retrieved, just 8 million birds are sold to game dealers as food.

Pheasants typically sell for a little over £2. But getting one bird airborne for shooting costs, on average, £29.50 – thirteen times greater than their retail ‘value’.

The shooting of birds for sport is not about putting food on the table, as the industry would like people to believe. It is about killing defenceless birds for pleasure.

Please act now and ask your MP to sign EDM 1684.

You can obtain detailed background information at the following pages:

* Game bird leaflet
* Undercover footage of the breeding cages
* Assault and Battery – report on breeding cages
* Background Notes
* The Game Drain report
* Undercover footage from 2008

* Read the EDM and see if your MP has signed

Text of the EDM:

Early Day Motion 1684


Taylor, David

That this House notes that every year in Britain around 35 million pheasants and six million partridges are purpose-bred in cages, sheds and pens so that they can be released and shot for sport; is concerned about the suffering endured by these birds and by the large number of indigenous wild mammals and birds that are trapped, snared, poisoned and shot to protect this activity; is alarmed by the thousands of tons of leadshot and plastic casings discharged annually by live quarry shooters, and also by the disruption caused to native wildlife at the start of each shooting season when the millions of pheasants and partridges are released; and calls on the Government to bring forward legislation at the earliest opportunity to prohibit the production of birds for sport shooting, in line with the ban introduced in Holland in 2002.


One Reply to “Ask your MP to help ban production of birds for shooting”

  1. I understand your opinions, but I do not agree with any of it.

    There is NOTHING wrong with shooting. If you are shooting for fun, you ALWAYS eat what you shoot. That is basic common sense. Me and my Dad go shooting a lot and we use all of it. We even sell excess to the local butcher. Game shooting does put a lot of food on the plate, and people do have a little fun in the process. Game is the best meat – organic, fresh and locally sourced.
    Animals should also be killed humanely, and when they are not killed by the shot, they are retrieved quickly and killed, causing minimal suffering.

    Any cases where this does not happen are the minority of the shooting community. The majority are responsible people. The belief that all the shooting community are “irresponsible people that kill defenseless animals for pleasure” is based on petty prejudices and “cuddly cuddly syndrome”, and is massively exaggerated by people, namely the media and the anti shooting organisations. Sentimental views should have no place in shooting and countryside law.

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