Call to ban shooting of birds on NRW land
THE shooting of birds for sport on publicly owned land should be banned, a consortium of animal protection groups has told Wales’ biggest quango.
Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has launched a public consultation on the issue, with Animal Aid, the League Against Cruel Sports and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) all calling for an end to shooting on NRW land.
Thousands of non-native, factory-farmed pheasants are released on to NRW land each year which, according to opponents, has an overall negative impact on the natural environment.
They say that the game birds released compete with indigenous woodland species for resources, affecting wildlife such as butterflies. They also claim the toxic lead shot pollutes waterways and causes increased levels of sickness, death and reproductive failure in birds of prey.
NRW’s Tim Jones said: “The recently opened consultation provides the opportunity for the public to indicate their views on the proposals.”