Earlier this month conservation campaign group Wild Justice said it was taking further legal advice after DEFRA continued to cause confusion about the status of captive-reared pheasants – when do they transition from being ‘livestock’ to being ‘wild birds’ and how do you tell (see here)?
Wild Justice also produced this handy flow-chart, which they named Schrodinger’s Pheasant, ever-so-slightly taking the piss on a subject that actually deserves far more mockery than this:
This ridiculous situation attracted a lot of media attention, as well it should. And now a question has even been asked about it in the House of Lords!
This from Natalie Bennett (Green party life peer), who said on Twitter, ‘Pheasants – livestock or wildlife? The government seems very confused on this issue, so I’m giving them the chance to clarify‘ and posted a link to this Parliamentary question:
A response is due from DEFRA by 19th January 2022.
UPDATE 22nd January 2022: Answer from House of Lords about status of pheasants (livestock or wildlife?) here