League exposes shocking evidence of game bird cruelty

The League Against Cruel Sports is today backing calls by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) for an end to the use of cages in game bird rearing. A public consultation on the issue is closing today which offers three options; one of enriched cages with more space; the second for an outright ban; and a third to retain the status quo.

Ministers are believed to support a ban, and over 100 MPs have signed a parliamentary motion in favour of an outright ban.

To coincide with the consultation ending the League has released new footage showing shocking standards of welfare conditions on two game bird farms in the UK. The film shows row upon row of small cages with distressed birds confined inside. The footage was filmed at Pye Hall Game Farm in Suffolk and Bettws Hall Game Farm in Powys as part of a wider undercover investigation into game bird rearing. The film shows dead birds left in their cages with live birds.

The League is campaigning to reduce the suffering caused to game birds reared in cages. These birds are often sold as organic and free range despite many beginning life in worse conditions than battery hens. The League is against the shooting of live targets for sport but campaigns for improvements to animal welfare within the shooting industry such as end to the use of snaring as a method of predator control and works to educate the public about the unethical practices often used within the industry.

The League’s calls for an end to the use of cages for game bird rearing are echoed by the British Association of Shooting and Conservation (BASC) which also supports making such cages illegal.

Deputy Head of Campaigns and Communications for the League, Louise Robertson said: “Rearing birds in small cages and depriving them of space and freedom is simply not acceptable and the cruelty of this practice is shown all too clearly in our footage. This new evidence shows the grim reality of game bird farming and the fact the League and BASC are in agreement on this issue shows just how bad these cages really are”.

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    […] Some might wonder what his motivation is. That’s easy. His Montgomeryshire constituency includes the Bettws Farm game empire, recently the subject of a League exposé. […]

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