I’ve had some lovely feedback on my British Birds paper on Pheasants.
Here are some examples:
I read this excellent and thought-provoking BB review with great interest and respect! It is very balanced and well informed and one can but hope that the shooting hierarchies will think about the issues constructively – though I regret to say that my hopes are not high on that front.
The key problem is the complete lack of regulatory authority of British Shooting. You put your finger on all the right points but it needs an insider to recognise when you are doing so. Much will go over the heads of the casual reader.
I very much hope that your review opens just a few more eyes – and keeps the pan on the hod for when the political mood changes, as it eventually will.
I am compelled to write to you in appreciation of your paper in the latest BB on the Common Pheasant. Congratulations on providing not only a masterly resume of information and clear summaries of your opinions, but also a beautifully written, clear and very readable text. I have learned a lot, mostly concerning aspects that I didn’t know I didn’t know.
I have always been opposed on moral grounds to shooting for pleasure, but in favour of Pheasant shooting because of its (perceived) benefit to the countryside environment. I am still generally in favour (though with several provisos, after reading your paper), since I have found over the years that, whenever I had cause to question a local farmer’s management plans, and enter into discussion with him and his farm manager, my greatest ally was always the gamekeeper.
I have just read with great interest your BB piece – it strikes me as a full and fair review of this contentious topic.
What is the carbon footprint of Pheasant shooting? It is clearly a totally unsustainable activity (as, mind you, is quite a lot of bird-watching!)
If you’d like a .pdf copy of my British Birds paper then email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject PHEASANTS and the Wild Justice team will probably send you one.