Call to ban shoot­ing of birds on NRW land

Bangor Mail - - NEWS -

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.”

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