‘”Shooting porn” should be on the top shelf say animal rights groups’

Posted on August 28, 2012

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Today (28th August), a news item was posted on telegraph.co.uk titled ‘”Shooting porn” should be on the top shelf say animal rights groups’.

‘… Popular magazines about country sports such as Shooting Times and The Field should be on the top shelf alongside pornography, according to the country’s largest animal rights organisation –

In a new report Animal Aid claims that the “lurid, pro-violence content” of country sports magazines could have a “corrosive, long-lasting effect on impressionable young minds”.

But shooting organisations dismissed the campaign as “pathetic”, pointing out that the magazines promote responsible use of guns and conservation of the countryside.

The report, ‘Gunning For Children: How the gun lobby recruits young blood’, argues that magazines promoting guns should be put on the top shelf alongside pornography and tobacco and banned for sale to under-18s.

It claims the magazines sold in WHSmith and supermarkets show pictures of young children holding up or standing over shot pheasants, rabbits, foxes and pigeons and “glorifies” cruelty …

Andrew Tyler, the Director of Animal Aid, said that if people do not learn to shoot by the age of 14 the chances of them subsequently getting involved rapidly diminish.

He said the campaign would encourage customers to lobby supermarkets and newsagents to put shooting magazines on the top shelf.

“Children who kill animals for sport in urban areas are considered dysfunctional and a social menace. Yet Britain has a gun lobby, composed of well-connected groups, that devotes considerable resources towards encouraging children to take up guns at a young age.

“Their actions are damaging not just to wildlife but also to the emotional development of young people.”

Professor Peter Squires of the University of Brighton Children said children under 14 are not allowed to shoot without supervision yet they can look at adverts for guns and pictures of dead animals.

“Shooting magazines celebrating the casual cruelty” of shooting wild animals – a kind of “shooting porn” – should not be on sale to children and young people (under 18),” he said.

“Shops and retail outlets selling such magazines should position them both out of reach and sight of children and young people.”

He also said shooting organisations should not be allowed to educate children in schools about country sports.

“Fostering healthy and environmentally-conscious attitudes to nature and wildlife conservation is fundamentally inconsistent with deriving pleasure and enjoyment from shooting animals for fun,” he added …’

Read the item in full at www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/countryside/9500707/Shooting-porn-should-be-on-the-top-shelf-say-animal-rights-groups.html

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