P-05-816 Say 'NO' to pheasant shooting on Welsh public land

Completed petition

P-05-816 Say ‘NO’ to pheasant shooting on Welsh public land

This petition was submitted by Animal Aid having collected 12,706 signatures on an alternative petitions website


Text of Petition

We call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to ensure that Natural Resources Wales, as the Welsh Government-Sponsored Body responsible, stops leasing out public land to commercial shooting operations. NRW’s key constitutional function is to act as an environmental steward of the land that it manages on behalf of the Welsh Government and citizens. But leasing this land to shooting operations negatively impacts on conservation, biodiversity and animal welfare. Shooting also pollutes the land with toxic lead shot which is responsible for poisoning and killing many animals. NRW’s shooting leases facilitate an activity that is abhorrent to many Welsh citizens: the killing of animals for ‘sport’. The leases also mean that public access to land that is owned by Welsh citizens can be restricted.




This petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on 15/01/2019.

The Considered correspondence from the Minister for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs and agreed to close the petition, in light of the NRW Board’s decision not to offer any extension to the leases for pheasant shooting rights once they expire in March 2019, following the Welsh Government’s intervention.  In doing so, the Committee wished to congratulate the petitioners on the success of their campaign.

Full details of the consideration of this petitions by the committee and related documents can be seen on the Meetings tab above.

It was first considered by the Petitions Committee on 05/06/2018.


Assembly Constituency and Region

·         Montgomeryshire

·         Mid and West Wales


Further information


Business type: Petition

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

First published: 25/04/2018