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Pheasants under fire

by 5m Editor
31 January 2005, at 12:00am

UK - A Farmer accused of using cruel methods to rear pheasants for countryside sports has vigorously defended his business. Gwyn Evans, of Bettws Hall, between Newtown and Powys, said a video published by the charity Animal Aid and alleged to have been taken at his farm, must have been shot elsewhere. Mr Evans said the allegations were a sign that animal rights organisations were now shifting the focus of their attacks to other countryside sports now that hunting has been banned. "They are extremists that don't understand the ways of the countryside," said Mr Evans. "A qualified vet comes here every 10 days to check the condition of the birds and we had several farm walks last summer where people were very encouraging about what we're doing.

5m Editor