Our investigators found all the cages inspected were barren, in contravention of the Code of Practice. Several of the female pheasants had escaped the cages and all still had beak shrouds fitted. There was a ‘catching up’ trap in the field with about 10 birds inside, even though it is illegal to trap pheasants out of season. Our digital thermometer recorded temperatures between 0° and 1° C inside and outside the cages.

Action: Animal Aid reported the breaches to Powys Trading Standards, Powys Police and APHA Wales on 13 March 2018.

APHA visited the site and said it found no breaches of the regulations. Trading Standards took no action.