September 19, 2011
ANIMAL rights activists will target Newbury MP Richard Benyon's office this week to protest the coalition government's support for battery-bred pheasants.
Animal Aid blames the Department for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs (Defra), where Mr Benyon serves as Conservative minister, for the
Government's decision to overturn a Labour-led ban on the caged breeding
of pheasants for hunting.
Animal Aid director Andrew Tyler said: "Many people in Britain do not realise that, every year, around 50 million pheasants and partridges are intensively reared especially so that they can be shot for the sheer pleasure of killing them.