‘Game shooting and how to stop it’

Posted on October 1, 2012


Today (1st October) is the first day of the horrible pheasant-shooting season in the UK, which runs from the 1st October to the 1st February.

The North-West Hunt Saboteurs have posted an item on their web-site titled ‘Game shooting and how to stop it’.


Although the term “game shooting” also refers to shooting mammals, such as hare and deer, this [item] mainly addresses the shooting of game birds for sport …


Hunt saboteurs have been sabotaging the shooting of birds (and other creatures) for sport, since sabbing began in the sixties. Hunt saboteurs do not believe that because a bird is not cute and cuddly like a fox or hare, its life is worth less. Shooters and gamekeepers kill more wildlife than all foxhunts, hare hunts, mink hunts, stag hunts and hare coursers put together. The argument that “at least the birds get eaten” is pathetic – you might as well say that wearing fur is okay because it keeps you warm!

Whether at large grouse shoots or a pheasant shoot comprising of a few men, the best tactic by far is to get with the guns and prevent them from shooting. Most shooters will unload/put their guns away. The most common reaction is for the drive to be abandoned. Hunt sabs have saved countless lives (and cost organisers thousands of pounds) in this way.


Because pheasants are initially hand reared they are ill-adapted to life in the wild. With bird numbers in
some holding pens equivalent to factory farms, disease is rife among birds on some shooting estates. The unnaturally high proportion of grouse on grouse moors have also led to serious epidemics of disease among the birds. Red grouse numbers have been decimated by disease on some moors.

There are approximately 5,000 gamekeepers in Britain whose task is to preserve game birds long enough for their employers to shoot them. Although all raptors (e.g. hawks falcons and owls) are now protected by law, many gamekeepers continue to kill them with illegal traps and snares (several have even been caught on film by Channel 4 and others.) The survival of the hen harrier is threatened by gamekeepers who kill adult birds and destroy nests and chicks.

Gamekeepers are legally allowed to trap and snare a variety of British species such as foxes, stoats weasels
and squirrels. Inevitably, protected species such as badgers, otters and wildcats become accidental victims to both legal and illegal snares. Far from being conservationists, shooters are only really interested in ‘preserving’ the birds they wish to kill.

Many shot birds are only wounded and although they may fall to the ground will have to wait to be collected and finally killed. Tens of thousands of birds (when you consider the number shot each year) will be wounded but fly on, to die painful and lingering deaths. It can cost £2000 for a days shooting on some grouse moors, and as long as the money comes in many estate owners are not bothered by inexperience among shooters – leading to more bad shots and wounded birds …’

Read the item at www.nwhsa.org.uk/game_shooting_and_how_to_stop_it.htm

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