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Call for suspension of shooting wild birds as weather worsens

1 December 2010

The League Against Cruel Sports is calling for a voluntary suspension of the shooting of wild birds as the freezing temperatures continue to sweep the country.

With much of the UK suffering from plummeting temperatures and snowy conditions the League is urging shooting organisations to abstain from shooting wild birds until the cold snap eases. Calls for a voluntary suspension are already in place in Northern Ireland but the League wants this extended to the whole of the UK.  The League released footage earlier this year showing the horrific wounding rate of birds being shot in adverse weather conditions.

The film ‘A Good Shot?’, possibly the first of its kind to be released, shows game birds frantically flapping and struggling after being wounded by inaccurate shooters. This completely contradicts claims by the industry that most birds are killed outright and if not are immediately retrieved by gun dogs and dispatched.

League chief executive Douglas Batchelor said: “If shooting organisations are as concerned with the conservation of wild bird populations as they claim to be then there should be no issue with a voluntary suspension until the weather improves. Shooting in these conditions when visibility is poor will only add to already shocking levels of wounding which occur on commercial shoots”.

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