Tuesday is the beginning of the annual red grouse shooting season in Scotland: the deceptively named “Glorious Twelfth”. Around half a million of these shy birds will be shot this year, helping to line the pockets of certain wealthy landowners but causing nothing but suffering to both the grouse and the many other animals who are killed because of this archaic, bloodthirsty industry.
Many estate managers kill birds of prey in order to “protect” grouse so that shooters can then kill them. Hawks, falcons, owls and other legally protected raptors are trapped, poisoned … Read more.
In a champion move for animals, Wimbledon star Andy Murray has just banished promos for hunting from the website of his luxury Cromlix Hotel in Scotland!
The tennis gold medallist hadn’t realised that the inexcusable pastime of maiming and killing animals with high-powered weapons was being advertised on his hotel’s website. After hearing from PETA, his company’s management swiftly confirmed that “Andy has made sure all traces of hunting have been removed from the website”. Bravo!
A British study of deer hunting found that 11 per cent of deer who’d … Read more.
Today at Prime Minister’s Questions, David Cameron was asked about his attempts to amend the Hunting Act 2004, to which he responded, “I regret to say I don’t think there will be government agreement to go forward”.
Last week, the League Against Cruel Sports reported that the government indicated that it was considering amending the Hunting Act by using an affirmative statutory instrument that would “lift the limit on the number of dogs used to flush out wild mammals and in doing so, with a full pack of up to 40 hounds … Read more.
Looking perversely pleased with herself as she posed for a photo over the corpse of the beautiful lion she had just killed in cold blood, the hunter Melissa Bachman has sparked understandable outrage.
To quote PETA Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi:
Hunting is cruel and completely devoid of sportsmanship. It takes no courage or character to stalk and kill trapped animals. … Maybe the public backlash against her revolting photos will help Bachman realise that dressing up like a Lara Croft wannabe, slaughtering wildlife and then posing for photos does not make
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PETA’s founder and managing director, Ingrid E Newkirk, has just sent a letter to Princes William and Harry pleading with them to refrain from killing birds for sport after hearing that William has purchased 250 pheasants, ducks and partridges for a shoot at Sandringham Estate in honour of Harry’s birthday.
“You are in the unique position of being able to wield considerable influence on whether people everywhere view animals and their place in our world with kindness or blithely ignore their suffering”, writes Newkirk. “Please open your hearts to the suffering … Read more.
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The following post originally appeared on The PETA Files:
A hunter in Belarus wound up in the hospital after he was shot by a fox he had wounded and was trying to kill with the butt of his rifle. As the determined fox fought back, she pulled the trigger of the gun with her paw. The bullet struck the hunter’s leg, and the fox made her escape.
Here’s hoping that the fox is recovering and that the hunter has learned his lesson. If not, the next time … Read more.
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The bodies of dozens of seals have been found washed up on the coasts of Scotland. All the bodies had horrific lacerations, leaving people to question how the animals died. Speculation as to the cause of death ranges from a cookiecutter shark to a ship’s propeller to an underwater wave-power turbine.
Tragic as this is, every year, tens of thousands of seals suffer a similarly violent fate during Canada’s annual seal slaughter. These seals are massacred for products that no one needs. Baby seals are repeatedly shot or … Read more.
Those of you who have read the entire policy document produced last week by our new government will have noticed a few animal welfare measures. I’m sure these proposals won’t be all we’ll see on this from the coalition, but they do give us something to think about.
The first thing to catch my eye was the very welcome news that the government will end the testing of household products on animals. This is something PETA raised in a meeting with the Conservative animal welfare spokesperson, Andrew Rosindell MP, last … Read more.