The following photographs were taken by Curtis Thackray on Sunday 17 February 2019.
The location was Bingley Moor, a driven grouse moor adjacent to Ilkley Moor in West Yorkshire.
This disgusting display of savagery is common on many driven grouse moors. It is believed to be legal.
This is a stink pit, where gamekeepers toss their victims in a putrid pile, the stench of rotting flesh being used as a lure for other scavengers who’ll get caught in the nearby snares, brutally killed without a second thought and cast on the ever-increasing death heap.
Why? To protect the red grouse to ensure there are plenty available to shoot, for fun, later in the year.