In our developed society, you could say there is no need for game shooting, such as pheasant shooting or wildfowling. All the food we need is just a walk down the road at your local shop in the end.

Earlier this year, Prince George went to his first grouse shoot. This has sparked controversy between shooters and animal lovers alike. So, that leaves the big question… is there a place for shooting today?


The continued role of shooting creates around 15,000 jobs in the UK and provides around £200 million for the government. This may seem like a small number, but this supports small, rural communities around the country. Some people believe it is morally wrong to shoot an animal, which has had a normal life in its natural habitat, many still eat meat, such as chicken, which has been reared in a small cage, no bigger than a sheet of A4 all their life. These animals are subject to cruel environments and conditions, while animals shot have lived a life worth living. As well as it being completely natural, shooting is also a test of skill, needing great hand-eye co-ordination and agility. The biggest difference between shooting now and what has already been banned is that vulnerable species, such as red squirrels, which are not vermin that need to be controlled for the good of our population, are now given full protection and shooting is extremely beneficial to their survival. There also are game seasons in place, which protect game species during certain times of the year and only allows them being shot during specific months.


As with every debate, there is a good and bad side towards the discussion. Sadly, there is always a chance a shot bird isn’t killed cleanly or instantly. This leads to the animal suffering until it is quickly dispatched. Another point is that certain people take pleasure in shooting more animals than they may actually need, resulting in leftover game being thrown away. Some will even say that man has gone far beyond needing to be hunter-gatherers.

In the end, I believe we should not ban shooting as it encourages individuality and is a part of our British heritage and culture. However, many people will think differently, which is fine. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. What do you think we should do?

Cody Hamilton

Hello, my names Cody and I’m 14 and live in South Yorkshire. First I would like to thank my Dad for leading me on to shooting. I’m part of a shooting syndicate at Braithwell were I have met many amazing people in the past five years. I would like to say thank you to the gamekeeper Anthony Harrison for running the shoot and to everyone involved. I love every aspect of shooting, right down to cleaning the birds and cooking what we shoot. However, my favourite part is watching the dogs work as I love to see them find and pick up birds. I’ve been looking for a chance to get involved with BASC ever since becoming a member, amazingly I was on the Young Shots page in 2016 and now I wrote an article which got published on the website. I hope you enjoy the article!

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