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Game-bird farmers face new rules

by 5m Editor
6 September 2005, at 12:00am

UK - Stringent regulations are to be imposed on people who raise game birds for sport shooting after the release of disturbing footage showing the misery of battery cages. Undercover pictures taken by campaigners for Animal Aid show that pheasants and partridges housed in cages suffer a high incidence of emaciation, feather-loss and back and head wounds. Many pheasants are shown lunging at their cage roofs in forlorn attempts at escape. The birds have no shelter from the elements. Farms were visited during April, May and June after game farmers had promised that they would improve conditions for the birds. Animal Aid, however, alleges that its latest film shows that the industry cannot be relied on to regulate itself. <em>Source: The Times</em>

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