Sunday shooting would be a step backwards

02 November 2006


Sir, - I am growing increasingly concerned at possible plans to remove threstrictions surrounding the shooting of gamebirds on Sundays and ChristmaDay. The Game Act 1891 makes shooting gamebirds on these days an offence.

About 35 million birds are intensively bred and reared each year to be useas live targets for slaughter by the shooting industry. There is no reason whthe restrictions currently in place, imposed to protect the peace antranquillity of the countryside on God's day of rest, should now be lifted.

The countryside should be open to all to enjoy peacefully on a SundayAllowing game shooting on this day and Christmas Day puts the interests of onsmall group above those of other countryside-users. Some of those who wish ttake part in church services or take a peaceful stroll in the countryside wilfind that Sunday shooting impacts negatively on their activities.

Allowing game shooting on Sundays and Christmas Day is a step backwards foanimal welfare and the peace of the countryside, which is why I am adding msupport to a campaign by the League Against Cruel Sports opposing any changeto the current law. Sunday is a day for recreation, not for destruction. Is ireally asking too much to keep Sunday a day of peace and safety for gamebirdand hare
The Anglican Society for the Welfare of Anima
PO Box 7193, Ho
Hampshire RG27 8GT

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