The case to ban pheasant 'sport'
TODAY, October 1, marks the beginning of the four-month pheasant shooting season.
Around 40 million of these birds are intensively reared every year. Because of the enfeeblement that results from being reared in captivity, it is estimated that around half of the birds die before they can be gunned down.
This makes pheasant rearing the very opposite of efficient food production. In fact, figures from the shooting industry itself show that it costs more than 13 times as much to rear pheasants than the shot birds will fetch retail.
The production of birds for 'sport shooting' has been banned in Holland. For powerful animal welfare reasons, we should follow its lead.