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But while its representatives present themselves as part of an age-old tradition, this is far from the truth, argues Avery. Driven grouse shooting is a French import, while pheasant shooting occurs on an industrial scale. Many farmers have started rearing pheasants, as it is more profitable than food production.
Only about one-third are killed by guns and a smaller percentage are eaten by humans. The rest end up as roadkill, die of cold or disease, or are picked off by crows and foxes whose numbers are also booming. Crows benefit further from the grain laid down for the pheasants and the virtual elimination of apex predators.
Gamekeepers have been accused of killing and disrupting the nests of birds of prey that may otherwise make life harder for the crows.
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Goshawks, for example, were virtually eliminated from Britain in the 19th century after persecution by gamekeepers. While fox hunting has always been the more emotive issue, Lee Moon of the Hunt Saboteurs Association is increasingly focused on bird shooting. It has nothing to do with the food chain. It has nothing to do with conservation. And large numbers of the birds are dumped — we found one estate where they were using an industrial digger to bury all the dead pheasants.
The grouse industry, for example, argues that heather moors would turn into wasteland without it.
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It is vital, therefore, that we have a licensing system that is fit for purpose. The gamekeepers see any other creature as competition. This is nothing to do with being guardians of the countryside. Crows have been shown to mourn their dead, to punish selfishness in their peers, to play and to hold grudges. Just like us. Facebook Twitter Pinterest. Topics Birds. Reuse this content. Order by newest oldest recommendations.
Many of those involved in pest control will be unaware of the changes, and this decision will only serve to bring the law into disrepute. E nvironmentalists have welcomed the licence change. We need an open and transparent system of licencing that everyone can be confident in, and is being used appropriately. It is important that licences are only issued when there is no other option, and when non-lethal alternatives have been exhsted. Any new system that Natural England now develops should be based on this principle.
A spokesperson for Wild Justice said: "We are delighted to have won this legal case. What sort of world is it where the statutory body with responsibility for wildlife protection is operating a bird-killing licencing scheme that is unlawful?