Many thanks to the blog reader who sent in the following photos of dumped pheasants, found in a lay-by on the A94 in Angus, Scotland, yesterday (6th February 2022).
If you look closely you’ll see dead pheasants, red-legged partridge, ducks and a pigeon:
So yet another dumping incident to add to the long list including Cheshire, Scottish borders (here), Norfolk (here), Perthshire (here), Berkshire (here), North York Moors National Park (here) and some more in North York Moors National Park (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), Suffolk (here), Leicestershire again (here), Liverpool (here), even more in North Wales (here) even more in Wales, again (here), and in Wiltshire (here).
But the pressure is mounting. Last week Lord Newby told me he was going to pursue Lord Benyon about the issue of pheasant-dumping, after pheasant-shoot-owning DEFRA Minister Benyon denied having any evidence of it (here).
Also last week, the UK Government’s former Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer, Alick Simmons, submitted the following FoI to Natural England:
UPDATE 8th February 2022: More on those shot and dumped birds in Angus (here)
UPDATE 15th February 2022: ‘Insane’: Outrage after gamebirds dumped in Angus (here)