A Pleasant Pheasant


A pheasant in my garden. Isn’t he beautiful.

You can read more about pheasants on the RSPB website – click here.

A large, long-tailed bird. Males have rich chestnut, golden-brown and black markings on body and tail, with a dark green head and red face wattling. Females are mottled with paler brown and black. They were introduced to the UK long ago and more recent introductions have brought in a variety of races and breeds for sport shooting.

Every year in Britain, more than 45 million pheasants and partridges are mass produced inside hatcheries and rearing sheds. From the sheds, they are moved to fattening pens before being released to serve as feathered targets for shooters.

The R.S.P.C.A policies on animal welfare state that “the RSPCA believes that ‘sport’ does not justify the causing of suffering to birds and other animals, and therefore the RPSCA is opposed to shooting for sport.”

If you, like me, are not into the idea of shooting these beautiful creatures for fun, then read a bit more about it on these sites:

The League Against Cruel Sports

Animal Aid

RSPCA

Hunt Saboteurs Association

6 Replies to “A Pleasant Pheasant”

  1. I would rather they weren’t mass bred for the purpose of killing them, and it’s nice to see them on the garden sometimes, but, to be honest, they are so dangerous wandering about on the lanes round here that they’re not my favourite birds:-(

  2. I cannot stand it! I can’t believe that these fools get enjoyment out of it!
    The worst part for me, is explaining to my girls why these people to it!
    My answer, is for amusement!!!
    WHY??

  3. Thanks for your comment Mazz, yes it is hard to explain to kids why some people do crazy things. I suppose it’s just part of teaching them right and wrong in this very confusing world! Keep up the good work though & thanks again, Sharon

  4. Thanks Jan – there are lots of pheasants on the lanes and roads here in East Devon too, but they probably think the same about us in our cars getting in their way!! I think the animals were here before the motor car – and they may be here a long time after the car has gone…

  5. your welcome sharon, and your right, they were here before us, and they’ll all be here long after we are gone.
    xx

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