“When I was twelve, I went hunting with my father and we shot a bird. He was laying there and something struck me. Why do we call this fun to kill this creature [who] was as happy as I was when I woke up this morning.”
No matter where you go here in the UK or anywhere else for that matter you can never escape the reality of just how morally backward we are or at least our governments are.
To add to the appalling suffering of our own species as a result of the actions of the minority is the unremitting deliberate suffering inflicted on helpless animals in the name of “sport”.
Look at the photo below which was taken by myself during a recent family day out to the Lake District, a place we occasionally visit in an attempt to appreciate the beautiful landscape and the hope of finding a little peace and tranquillity.
While travelling along one of the winding roads leading to Derwent Water we were amazed to see thousands of pheasants in the woodland, in fields and all over the road. Speeding motorists had run over some and still more came heading from the woodlands in the direction of a large field towards the sound of a tractor and a beating sound rather like that of a drum. Some were running frantically here and there flying in short spates. All of this terrorized sheep grazing in the field who bleated and ran to… well there was no where for the poor creatures to run. Yes sheep are used to birds of course and you often see black birds sitting on their backs while the sheep sit chewing the cud or sleeping quite undeterred. Yet this huge flocking of thousands of pheasants sent the sheep into quite a frenzy of frantic bleating. In a wood right at the far end was a tractor from which a man was throwing what I assume was seed into the field and this is what the birds were after.
It took a while to realise that what we were seeing were pheasants who had been deliberately and intensively reared in order for those of an aberrant way of thinking, usually the rich, to massacre these defenceless creatures in their thousands beginning October 1st, which is the official pheasant shooting season.
Please watch the video below and click the link for more information from the League Against Cruel Sport. You may find some of the footage disturbing – but please try to at least listen to the information which describes the shocking cruelty inflicted on birds reared for shooting.
Gunsmoke and Mirrors – An Exposé into the Shooting Industry
“Watch the League documentary Gunsmoke and Mirrors which reveals the truth behind the shooting industry.
Despite claims that game birds are wild, natural and free range we show the reality of the intensive breeding and rearing conditions, shocking footage of the millions of other animals killed each year, many in brutal snares, to protect this precious stock for shooting. Plus, evidence of the huge amount of wastage the industry produces making it clear that this is not about food but about sport.”
League Against Cruel Sport
“Around 50 million birds are released each year into the British countryside to be shot for sport. Around half never get within sight of a gun. They die from exposure, cannibalism, predation, traffic collision and starvation. “
Shooting – What you can do
“You can support the League Against Cruel Sports in a number of ways to help save game birds:
- Join us! Please register your support and we will keep you up-to-date with our campaigns and invite you to take action and get involved to help protect birdlife. The more supporters we have, the more we can bring about change to improve animals’ lives.
- Be an advocate for animals, talk to family & friends about the cruelty of shooting. Facebook and Twitter are great placed to start the conversion, so be sure to like us and retweet us whenever you can.”
- Report incidents of shooting on public access land to the League on 01483 524 250, especially if landowners are preventing access whilst shooting is in progress.
View more suggested actions:
http://www.league.org.uk/our-campaigns/shooting/what-you-can-do-about-game-shooting – Please note the “register your support” link brings up a “Page not found”. Maybe this is a temporary glitch and it might be worth trying again later, but there are many other actions you can take to stop all cruel “Sports” here: http://www.league.org.uk/get-involved
You may also join the League Against cruel Sports here: http://www.league.org.uk/how-to-donate/join-the-league
I have to say regardless of whether the unfortunate animal is reared for this sickening pastime or simply a bird or other animal in the wild living life as nature intended the killing of any animal is unethical, cruel and in the modern world unnecessary and should be outlawed. There is no place in any modern ethically progressive society for the wanton and brutal killing of the other species with whom we share this world – at least there shouldn’t be. The life of any animal, human or non human is as important to them as our lives are to us. No creature wants to die, the struggle for survival is a powerful instinct shared by all creatures.
Pheasants of course are not the only birds to be massacred en mass, August the 12th commenced the grouse shooting season heralding four months of the lawful killing of millions of tiny defenceless birds, disturbance of the quiet of the countryside and significant detrimental alteration of and damage to the countryside to accommodate this disgusting pastime. The sound of gun fire during a hike or stroll through the Yorkshire Dales and elsewhere is disturbing in the extreme knowing that some poor animal has died or has been wounded and may be left to die suffering for many hours. Not to forget also the obvious disturbing nature of gunshot fire with the possibility of accidents and concern for ones own safety.
Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.
Thomas A. Edison
Why do we stand by and allow such vile and barbaric pursuits by people who are of warped mentality. It is shameful that this country which boosts of being animal lovers condones by law the wanton massacre of millions of helpless animals to satisfy the perverted pleasure of these pathetic barbarians. It is scandalous that our country’s leader is himself an avid hunter who pursues the reinstatement of fox-hunting with disturbing persistence, who has previously ridden with the Heythrop Hunt in Oxfordshire and enjoys deer stalking. That such a vile man who finds pleasure in the sickening so-called sport of hunting down a defenceless animal and watch while the poor creature is torn apart by dogs is leader of our country and makes decision that require compassion and morality is scary, frightening, disturbing and frankly horrific. It is hoped that in the future people will look back at such atrocities to the other beings with whom we share this planet as the barbarism that it is and wonder why someone who enjoyed such blatant cruelty became leader of our country and why people voted him for a second term knowing his policies on hunting and his shameful treatment of the most vulnerable in our society, namely sick and disabled people. In The Basis of Morality the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, wrote: “Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.”
Deliberate cruelty to our defenceless and beautiful little cousins is surely one of the meanest and most detestable vices of which a human being can be guilty.
William Ralph Inge – English author, Anglican priest, professor of divinity at Cambridge, and Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral.
Two quotes that refer to the dubious and unsavory – in my opinion down right evil – nature of a person who is cruel to animals. Cameron most certainly fits the description of such a person yet he has the power to determine not only what happens to animals but to the 64 million people who live here in the UK and indeed elsewhere.
Time to ban out right the wanton killing of wild animals, no exceptions, including the badger cull. Why should we allow the disturbed minority to murder en mass helpless animals, rampaging through our country side taking pot shots at helpless birds, rabbits, hares and just about anything that moves, riding on horse back chasing a tiny fox, or a stalking a majestic deer. Surely it is wrong and if you are not appalled why not? There has to be something very amiss with those who participate and those who condone by their silence. We will never have a peaceful world while we allow people of this ilk to murder defenceless animals whether it is by hunting, shooting, culling or the mass killing of incarcerated animals in farms . We most certainly will never have a peaceful world, a just world while we allow such people to govern the nations of the earth.
“We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.”
Albert Schweitzer, The Philosophy of Civilization
“REARING PHEASANTS FOR SHOOTS By Clare Druce, Director of the Farm Animal Welfare Network Every year in the UK more than 20 million pheasants are reared for ‘sport’. Does this mean that pheasant meat (or game) is the thing to choose if you want to avoid the cruelties of factory farming? Surely these birds have enjoyed free and natural lives before the moment of instant death?”