More dead pheasants wrapped in black bags & dumped in countryside

32 dead pheasants have been found wrapped in black bin liners and dumped in the countryside in the north east of England, according to a report on social media.

According to the local council guys who were called to come and remove them, this is the second time pheasants have been dumped at this site in recent months.

The reporter has asked that the location not be revealed as the council is installing cctv to try and catch the offender.

Dumping dead pheasants isn’t anything new. We’ve previously blogged about pheasants and red-legged partridge that have been shot and subsequently dumped in in Cheshire, Scottish borders (here), Norfolk (here), Perthshire (here), Berkshire (here), North York Moors National Park (here) and some more in North Yorkshire (here), Co. Derry (here), West Yorkshire (here), N Wales (here), mid-Wales (here), Leicestershire (here), Lincolnshire (here and more in West and North Yorkshire (here).

But this latest case is all a bit weird given the time of year. The pheasant-shooting season runs from 1st October to 1st February so where have these birds come from?

Gamebird dumping continues to be a widespread problem. That’s hardly a surprise when the game shooting industry is permitted to release as many non-native pheasants and red-legged partidge as it likes (conservatively estimated to be almost 60 million EVERY YEAR), with minimal regulation, and no requirement to report on what happens to those birds once they’ve been shot for a bit of a laugh.

And let’s not forget this is the same game shooting industry that is responsible for the vast majority of illegal raptor persecution, done, it says, to protect gamebirds. That’ll be the gamebirds that are shot and then dumped, with no respect for the quarry and no respect for the local residents who’ll have to foot the bill to have the carcasses removed.

In a letter to the Daily Telegraph in November 2005 headed ‘Game birds for eating not dumping’, Tim Bonner of the Countryside Alliance said this:

Every bird shot in Britain goes into the food chain, whether into participants’ freezers, or through game dealers into an increasing number of supermarkets, butchers, pubs and restaurants“.

That statement wasn’t true in 2005 and nor is it true 15 years later in 2020, despite the game shooting industry’s extensive (but flawed, e.g. see here) PR efforts to persuade the public that everything that’s killed is done ethically and sustainably.

Last year DEFRA admitted, after a legal challenge by Wild Justice, that gamebird releases need to be assessed properly for their potential ecological damage to protected nature conservation sites. However, as DEFRA failed to make significant and timely progress on addressing this issue, Wild Justice was recently granted permission for a Judicial Review and this will take place before the end of October (see here).

If you want to keep up to date with Wild Justice’s legal challenge (on this and other issues) you can sign up for the group’s free newsletter to ensure you’re amongst the first to know what’s going on. Please click here to subscribe.

19 thoughts on “More dead pheasants wrapped in black bags & dumped in countryside”

      1. Yes Ralph Underhill coold make a cartoon about our animal/plant bias in derogatory insults on man: pig, animal, low-life, ass, rat, pond-life, etc. and yet the only real one is ‘man’.

    1. Obviously. Poachers being really in touch with the market and knowing the market value of a brace of pheasants and all tnat. I mean they might be a bit dumb, but I’m confident they know there’s not a lot of point in risking the full force of the law to steal something that you need to pay a game dealer a quid to take off your hands. Apart from that, good hypothesis.

  1. One only had to watch the callous way the individual in the footage of the trapped and killed Goshawk, tossed one of the dead jackdaws into the stream as he walked away from the killing to realise the sort of people involved.
    It was as though the bird, which minutes before had been a living sentient being, was nothing more than a piece of worthless trash.

    The same can probably be said for these pheasants- was the only value these birds had in the eyes of the killer something to shoot at?

    Whereas decent human being are at least able to express, to varying degrees, emotions of empathy, compassion and kindness to other living creatures.
    It is very apparent that those engaged in acts such as this, appear not have these basic human sentiments, but instead display in varying degrees, wickedness, deceit, cruelness and a disregard for life.
    Most of us, if we found a dead bird in our garden, would have the decency to bury it.

    I would describe them as nothing but selfish, evil, malevolent bullies, who lack compassion and human decency.

    There have been various academic studies conducted around the world- which have clearly identified that persons who engage in animal cruelty and similar acts, often go on to commit more serious crimes or bad behaviour.
    Is fly tipping of dead pheasants just a manifestation of this bad behaviour?
    Who knows what else goes on in the other aspects of these individuals lives?
    Do these people have genetic flaw? Have they missed out in the process of human evolution, or are they just fundamentally evil?

    The fact that, not only do they dump the unwanted pheasants, but also use plastic to conceal them – plastic which will pollute the countryside and which following all the recent campaigns, even children know should be disposed of carefully; perhaps also displays these individuals suffer from educational inadequacy, or a lack of reasoned thought?
    But we see this in their denial of all the scientific studies, which indicate why the way they manage the countryside and kill our wildlife is no longer appropriate, or acceptable.

    So the initial comment of “pondscum” is probably a good description, but I would also add the word selfish – “selfish pondscum”!!

    1. They have a psychopathic tendency – its in us all to some degree as I know lovely kind people who do lots of charity work yet go shooting – especially horses riders – they can differentiate between what lives and dies – like the majority of the population. You get people who say ‘they love animals’ yet ignore the horror of the farmed ‘meat animals’ – they aren’t interested in the abattoirs and don’t feel responsible for the food they eat! Its the same a s horse people who indiscriminately breed puppies – yet claim – ‘to love animals’ yet pass on ill bred puppies – and over breed mongrels (cocker poos etc. Or love their horse as its their best friend – next thing its being sold as now reaching its teens and 20’s.

      At best I would say that the general public are NOT interested in anything until it affects them. Most don’t know more than a Fox, Badger and Hedgehog! They don’t look in the skies or beneath their feet – they expect things to be ‘packaged’ as then it becomes something detached from the ‘real animal’ – You cannot and wont ever educate those who don’t think they are part of this Eco System, are in fact Mammals or think that they have a responsibility to Nature, The Planet or indeed responsible for their own living.

  2. It’s good to see the Local Authority taking action on the dumping of 32 pheasants. Pheasants are commonly used in gamekeeper’s stink pits, surrounded by snares, to draw in foxes to be killed. There are numerous horrific examples of this (some of these have been documented on this blog). You would have thought the same environmental laws apply to stink pits and the dumping of these pheasants – but no – it’s hit and miss if Local Authorities take any interest in stink pits. One West Yorkshire estate is still busy snaring on the open moor and on one of the hottest days of the year the stink pit was one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever seen, or smelt. A month on Environmental Health and the Environment Agency have yet to reply.

    1. I totally agree with you Bob.

      In my opinion, stink pits should be treated as illegal waste disposal. To claim that a ‘bait’ material that is intended to work by luring predators to it as it putrefies in an open environment is a ‘safe’ bait product is utterly irrational. In my view it’s not a product that complies with the General Product Safety Regulations so should be treated as waste. I really think that stink pit bait should be required to be disposed of before it poses any threat to human health or the environment. One of the definitions of waste in the Waste Framework Directive is that waste is a material that is “required” to be disposed of.

      In this case, I suspect the local authority investigating these waste crimes will be looking at the Environmental Protection Act 1990 – either S34 or S79.

      S34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 imposes a duty on individuals who … dispose of waste to take reasonable measures to … ensure that their waste is:
      (b) Stored and transported appropriately and securely so it doesn’t escape;
      (c)(i) Transported and handled by people and businesses that are authorised to do so; and
      (c)(ii) Ensure that a written description of the waste is transferred with the waste.

      S79 identifies statutory nuisances that the local authority is required to deal with – such as smells, gases, insects or deposits which are prejudicial to health or a nuisance.

      I certainly hope that the Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors group will be asking the Environment Agency to investigate S34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. It seems to me that the act of the gamekeeper tossing the jackdaw body into the brook by the ladder trap which caught the Goshawk on the Queen’s estate may have been a breach of the duty of care legal obligations on businesses to dispose of waste using an authorised waste company.

  3. Disgusting behaviour! To kill and pollute demonstrate the level of pure low mentality these cretins have – at least if you don’t want them leave them to Nature- I would cable tie a bag over their heads!!

  4. It’s Disgusting, Killing for the sake of Killing and then dumping their gains in the Countryside!

  5. It’s hard to see from the photo and without any more info, I’m only theorising…but it is quite possible that it’s poachers, i.e. a quick job to fillet out the breast meat and just flytip the rest.

  6. There’s no pheasant shooting just now, and hasn’t been since February, so where would these corpses have come from. It doesn’t sound right. In saying that some ignorant mink, dumped a load of pheasant and duck carcasses beside my house last year, in season!

  7. Would have been interesting to check whether they were carrying the Borrelia bacteria (Lyme disease).

  8. Possibly that with the egg laying season over, these have been birds caught up at the end of last year for breeding, gave lots of eggs to hatch out for this years shooting and dont want to keep, or release the older birds? Just a thought.
    There does look to be lots of females.

  9. “The reporter has asked that the location not be revealed as the council is installing cctv to try and catch the offender”

    That’s tipped them off, then?

  10. As the police handbook tells you…. Once you commit one crime, it makes the second so much easier.
    No wonder the finger of blame points in their direction…. time and time again…

  11. What a load of crap. Good try at fabricating a story though to suit your narrative. Desperate does even touch the sides!!
    Fly tipping is at an all time high with councils doing nothing about it and you expect us to believe that they’ll install cctv to catch somebody dumping a back of pheasants.
    Ok then!

    1. Well I admit (coming from a shooting background with knowledge and experience on a commercial pheasant shoot), I used to crack a wry smile when I looked at conservation forums and blogs like this and noted people were distressed and angered to see a few measly piles of dead pheasants. I mean, a couple of dozen dead pheasants…yawn!

      After all, when you are on the inside as I once was and perhaps you are, piles of dead pheasant are often just a normal thing, in both the rearing and the shooting season. I can remember helping more than once to tip bags and bags of culled out coxy poults over the edge into an overgrown water-filled quarry, and not even giving it the slightest second thought.

      But I don’t think reporting these things on blogs like this is bending things to suit a narrative, it does genuinely interest and distress some of the blog followers, and stimulates folk to think more widely about what happens in the countryside. I suspect that is perhaps what has irritated you?

      Regards the CCTV – yes, some councils are doing this – in my region it has been reported in the paper that the council have set up cameras to monitor sites where (lurcher killed) Roe Deer gralloch/waste are being dumped. Also they are set up to monitor places where backstreet abbatoirs are regularly dumping waste.

      Anyway, I’m not having a pop at you. But it isn’t right you know, the way shooting is these days…just step back and have a long think like I did. Things could be different, and shooting could still go on.

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