Press Office Note:
Those concerned with the truth should not be misled by claims of those with economic interests, for instance ridiculous stories that the animals released are domesticated and unable to survive in the wild, or that the animals voluntarily returned to their cages, or that they froze to death or starved within hours, or were immediately run over by automobiles or eaten by household pets, or that other beings on the same farm were taken or injured.
Animal rights activists who raided a pheasant farm to try to release the birds ended up killing hundreds of chicks, the farmer has said.
Eloise McDonald, 23, found dead chicks with hundreds of birds huddled together after the raid on her family farm near Ashford, Kent, last month. She wrote on Facebook: “Some lowlife scumbag so-called ‘animal lovers’ let out 20,000 of my birds, cut all the fencing, cut gas pipes, hundreds of week-old birds dead, gasping for water and starving!”
Commercial shoots are on alert after their locations were published on a website linked to critics of the badger cull. There is concern that activists will try to disrupt the start of the grouse shooting season on Monday.