Petition on link https://www.animalaid.org.uk/dead-trapped-birds-natural-resources-wales-land/ For the second time1 in as many investigations, Animal Aid has discovered appalling animal suffering on Natural Resources Wales’ land. The national campaign group believes that this has been caused by neglect or bad management. On 19 June 2017, when temperatures in the UK had nudged 30ºC, an Animal Aid investigator visited the land leased for shooting by NRW at Cwm Gwnen. Our investigator saw an estimated 35-40 young pheasants, dead on the ground inside a release pen. Equally disturbing were the four birds who had become stuck in between two sections of wire mesh. We believe they must have died from either dehydration or strangulation. Another three birds were trapped in between the two sets of wire mesh but were still alive. Animal Aid’s investigator managed to free them so that they could return to their pen. Animal Aid promptly contacted NRW, the Welsh Government, the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) and the RSPCA, asking them to take action to check the health of the remaining birds. The response from NRW displayed, in our opinion, a lack of empathy for the welfare of the birds. An NRW employee informed us that, ‘the matter has been dealt with in accordance with our tenancy management procedures.’ We have received no explanation as to the cause of the deaths of the birds inside the pen. Animal Aid has written back to NRW to express our disappointment with its response. Natural Resources Wales is consulting on whether to continue to allow shooting on its land. Animal Aid has requested that our latest findings be added to our submission of that process. The public consultation is due to commence soon. Animal Aid’s petition, which calls for a ban on allowing shooting on public land that is managed by NRW now stands at almost 8,500 signatures.