Each fall, some state wildlife agencies dump hundreds of thousands of non-native pheasants into the landscape for shooters. The pheasants are raised in barns and have no survival skills. If not shot, predators, exposure to the elements, or starvation kills the birds.
Pheasant stocking is a costly and cruel practice with no place in sound wildlife management.
Stocked birds grow up in a series of boxes and pens. Keepers sometimes cut off their beaks or put plastic "blinders" through their nose holes to prevent the crowded, stressed pheasants from pecking each other.
At some release sites, shooters wait in parking lots for trucks bringing crates of birds, or line up just before stocking to take the first shot.
Releasing pheasants from a truck at an announced date and time violates the fair chase principle that animals must have a reasonable chance to escape.
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February 9, 2015
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November 16, 2009
This week, The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society of New York, New York League of Humane Voters and New York State Humane Association submitted comments to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation opposing the continuation of pheasant stocking.
March 13, 2015
March 5, 2015
Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement in response to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ announcing that it will retire its performing elephants in 2018:
October 24, 2014
Rays of Hope: Humane Society International Helps Implement Historic New Protections for Sharks and Rays
Humane Society International helps implement historic new protections for sharks and rays
August 13, 2014
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill prohibiting direct physical contact between members of the public and captive tigers, lions and other big cats in the state.