Letter: The horrors of shooting birds for sport will be upon us again. The misery and cruelty involved in this is shocking.
Annually more than 45 million pheasants and partridges are purpose-bred to be used as feathered targets.
As part of the production process, hundreds of thousands of breeding birds are confined inside metal battery cages for their entire productive life.
Most of the released birds die before they can be shot, from disease, starvation and exposure. Of the shot birds, many will be discarded rather than eaten.
I urge the public to contact their MPs and ask them for a ban on the production of birds for sport shooting in Britain.