Say ‘NO’ to pheasant shooting on Welsh public land
Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is leasing out sections of the national forest for commercial shooting – at a huge cost to wildlife, habitat and the public. Thousands of purpose-bred game birds are released each year, putting pressure on other animals, who are forced to compete for resources. To ‘protect’ the pheasants prior to being released for ‘sport’ shooting, traps, snares, guns and poison are used to purge the woodland of native animals. Additionally, shooters discharge tonnes of poisonous lead ammunition, polluting the environment and killing wildlife.
Please sign our petition calling for this practice to stop. Anyone in the UK can sign.
We call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to ensure that Natural Resources Wales, as the Welsh Government-Sponsored Body responsible, stops leasing out public land to commercial shooting operations. NRW’s key constitutional function is to act as an environmental steward of the land that it manages on behalf of the Welsh Government and citizens. But leasing this land to shooting operations negatively impacts on conservation, biodiversity and animal welfare. Shooting also pollutes the land with toxic lead shot which is responsible for poisoning and killing many animals. NRW’s shooting leases facilitate an activity that is abhorrent to many Welsh citizens: the killing of animals for ‘sport’. The leases also mean that public access to land that is owned by Welsh citizens can be restricted.