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75-150 Pheasants Liberated in Oregon by Animal Liberation Front
The ALF issues claim about release of birds from property in Scio, Oregon.
(LOS ANGELES) - On the night of March 14th, we infiltrated the property Queener Ridge Pheasant Company (40485 Queener Drive, Scio, OR; 503-932-5196 firstname.lastname@example.org) which breeds ringneck pheasants primarily to be murdered in commercial canned hunts.
After jumping a barbed wire fence, we made our way to the main breeding facility where we dismantled a huge section of an aviary that held between 75-150 pheasants; liberating them into the night sky. Although the number of animals freed represented only a tiny fraction of the thousands more still held captive on this farm, we feel that every life saved--no matter how few--is a victory.
Ringneck pheasants are a naturalized species to this region and are specifically bred to retain their wild characteristics and instincts, so we have no doubt that these animals can survive in the wild upon release. Otherwise doomed to a life of confinement and brutality these sentient animals now have a fighting chance at survival.
For an industry whose only purpose is the infliction of violence against sentient animals for entertainment and pleasure, the only ethical choice we can make is to set your animals free.
Against all domination,
--Animal Liberation Front
Pheasants used in so-called Sport-shoots are raised in intensive confinement; the crowded, unnatural conditions within the pens lead to aggression, counteracted by a variety of mutilations and physical restraints, the most common of which is 'debeaking'. If the birds aren't killed outright during the shoots, their necks are wrung. Many are simply left to bleed to death.
Theo Hopkins wrote to the Daily Telegraph:
"I recently saw a pheasant shot and wounded 40 yards above the ground. The 2lb bird, flapping and shedding feathers, hit the ground with an audible thump. It couldn't fly, but tried to run. A dog grabbed it by the wing and dragged it across the field and through a dense hedge. The bird and wing parted company. The dog looked momentarily confused, but then thankfully grabbed the body. The bird continued to flap around at the Gun's feet awhile, while he waited for his next shot. Eventually he picked up the bird by the feet and repeatedly swung its head against a fence post."
Source: Animal Liberation Front Press Office
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