SQUABS AT RISK

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I feel com­pelled to write af­ter the dis­cov­ery of two wood­pi­geon squabs that had starved to death in their nest fol­low­ing the death of both par­ent birds, which had been shot flight­ing on to a har­vested pea field.

Many thou­sands of young pi­geons will suf­fer a sim­i­lar fate if we con­tinue to shoot this most sport­ing of birds dur­ing the peak months of their breed­ing sea­son. I am go­ing to put my head above the para­pet by sug­gest­ing that we look to in­tro­duce ei­ther a close sea­son or use non-lethal meth­ods to keep them off crops dur­ing this time.

Pi­geon shoot­ing is a pop­u­lar sport and is a means of eco­nomic con­trol. But in this day and age, when field­sports are un­der in­creas­ing at­tack from those who would like to see an end to coun­try

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