Here’s the latest pile of dumped gamebirds – pheasants that had been shot then chucked over a wall by the side of the road and left to rot. These were photographed by blog reader Lauren Francis on Boxing Day.
The location this time: Barking Road, Willisham, Suffolk.
There are some decent shooting folk on social media who are condemning this obscene behaviour, and not just because it exposes shooting to bad publicity, and who are offering solutions (like licensing schemes that limit the number of birds released and require accountability for the number shot for example, and a suggestion that if shoots are ‘gifting’ the birds then the birds should be oven-ready) but there are still many others from within the industry who are either (a) denying it’s a widespread problem, (b) accusing ‘antis’ of trying to ‘set up’ shooting, and/or (c) slagging off anyone who dares to criticise, presumably in a futile bid to stop further criticism.
Unfortunately for the game shooting industry, this is an ongoing, criminal and widespread problem, much like illegal raptor persecution, and it’s drawing the wrong sort of attention.
Previous examples include dumped gamebirds in Cheshire, Scottish borders (here), Norfolk (here), Perthshire (here), Berkshire (here), North York Moors National Park (here) and some more in North Yorkshire (here) and even more in North Yorkshire (here), Co. Derry (here), West Yorkshire (here), and again in West Yorkshire (here), N Wales (here), mid-Wales (here), Leicestershire (here), Lincolnshire (here), Somerset (here), Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park (here) and Suffolk, again (here).
And it’ll keep getting attention on this blog for as long as the gamebird shooting industry demands licences to allow them to kill protected birds of prey for the purpose of ‘saving’ their gamebirds.