The welfare of pheasants bred for shooting

Both I and the Government are committed to the highest standards of animal welfare and I am glad to tell you that the Animal Welfare Act 2006 already makes it clear that gamebirds must not be caused and unnecessary suffering.

A Code of Practice for the Welfare of Gamebirds Reared for Sporting Purposes was drawn up based on research carried out by the Farm Animal Welfare Council, advised by a working group that included animal welfare organisations such as the RSPCA. Stock-keepers who fail to follow it could be found to have committed an offence.

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