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Majority against shooting animals

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POLLING by YouGov for the League Against Cruel Sports to coincide with National Shooting Week which is taking place this week has shown that 61 per cent of the public think it’s unacceptable to shoot live animals for ‘sport’.

Shooting is a revolting spectacle of animal slaughter on an industrial scale. Every year up to 42 million pheasants and partridges are intensively reared in battery conditions so that they can be shot.

Gamekeepers are so keen to ensure as many as possible are available for shooting that they set snares as a form of ‘pest control’, despite the fact they often catch domestic cats and dogs and other non-target species.

Many are killed on the roads and I’m sure your readers will recall seeing dead pheasants at the roadside.

Let us not be fooled that National Shooting Week is about encouraging future Olympic hopefuls in the discipline of target shooting.

This week is about propping up the pro-bloodsports agenda and nothing else.

Encouraging children to take pot shots at living creatures purely for sport is appalling and our polling shows public opinion is firmly against allowing children to play with lethal weapons.

Don’t stand for the nonsense of National Shooting Week and the promotion of killing for ‘fun’.

Douglas Batchelor

chief executive

League Against Cruel Sports

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  • Sir I seem to remember the league employing their own deer stalker on Exmoor and later on their site manager was photographed riding around in a pickup truck shooting deer. The battery cages the League criticise are used by only two or three game farms and then only to produce eggs. the birds remain in them for a little more than two months before being returned to the wild. Mr Batchelor claims the National Shooting Week is all about shooting game rather than targets, if this were true why is being held in the month of June rather than the game shooting season. Either Mr Batchelor doesn't know his grouse from his elbow or he is being very economical with the truth !!!!!

  • Dear Sir, I write in response to Douglas Bachelor’s letter (Uttoxeter Advertiser, "Majority against shooting animals") in which he asserts that 61% of the public think that is unacceptable to shoot animals for “sport”. I would like to draw his attention to the fact that no animals are shot during National Shooting Week. This is not because National Shooting Week (28th May – 5th June) falls outside any game season, but because the week is to promote the various sports of target shooting. Shooting, in its many different forms, is an activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities and the Countryside Alliance is proud to promote it. Throughout National Shooting Week, shooting clubs and grounds across the country open their doors to allow people to sample the sport for the first time. To claim that animals are harmed as a result of this event is a transparent attempt at playing on emotions. People have the ability to decide for themselves – as an entry into shooting sports, the sheer number of people who try shooting during National Shooting Week speaks volumes. David Taylor, Director, National Shooting Week Countryside Alliance 367 Kennington Road London SE11 4PT 0207 840 9220