University of Reading ends pheasant shooting on its land
League Against Cruel Sports statement
The League Against Cruel Sports has welcomed the move by the University of Reading to end the shooting of pheasants on its land.
The decision to end ‘game’ bird shooting was made following a consultation which was a direct result of a campaign launched by the League last summer.
Chris Luffingham, director of campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports, said:
“We’re understandably delighted the university has decided to end pheasant shooting when its licences come up for renewal in February, and especially following an independent consultation of which the League was part.
“The ecological impact of the commercial shooting industry is huge, and we would urge all private landowners to follow the university’s good example and ban shooting for ‘sport’ on their land.
“Until this happens the League will continue to campaign to end commercial shooting in the UK.”
The university has said it will no longer allow its land to be used to raise ‘game’ birds for shooting once an existing agreement with an external group that uses their land comes to an end in February 2020.
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