British Game Alliance, Members Map.
This map of all the members of the British Game Alliance was taken from their public list.
Published several weeks ago, we noted that in this Times article, the BGA in response to an expose said they would be rolling out an audit this summer.
The pressure on the BGA seems to have paid off, with the Brixton Deverill shoot exposed by the HSA recently, now no longer being listed. Furthermore, Bettws Hall which is one of the countries biggest breeders of game birds, is no longer listed as a BGA member, although perhaps no one told them as they still list themselves as being members on their own website, this screenshot taken today the 15th of July.
The British Game Alliance, has been set up specifically to try and create a self regulatory body within the shooting industry. We would encourage everyone to have a good read through of the code of practice for welfare of game birds, perhaps print a copy.
Some of the most common breaches will be a lack of:
“appropriate environmental enrichment”
“Sufficient perching should be provided for the birds, as appropriate to age and species.”
Then have a look round any of the shoots on the map above and see if you can find any breaches, if you do find any, please do email them into us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in sabotaging a shoot before a day of shooting, the one thing that must be remembered is that gamekeepers put huge amounts of energy into keeping large flocks of birds in one small area, usually a number of cover crops, simply pre beating these areas before a shoot means the birds move on and there are far less to be shot on the day. You can read our guide here.
Whilst the game rearing code of conduct isn’t law, it is supposed to be followed, of course most of the industry completely ignores it. Game bird liberations earlier this year from farms had pro-shooting commentators up in arms that the birds were brailed (a band over the wing to stop the birds from flying) yet birds that are brailed shouldn’t be in closed pens according to the code of practice, nor should barren cages be used, yet most raised cages in the UK are barren.
“Barren raised cages for breeding pheasants and small barren cages for breeding partridges should not be used. All laying systems used for the housing of birds should be designed and managed to ensure the welfare of the birds. Any system should be appropriately enriched.”
Proving that the industry is entirely unregulated.
Our game farm map that the shooting industry got so upset about, is also a useful resource if you are looking to make your own inspections:
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