PETA, the pro-animal life charity, says it is offering a £2,000 reward for the persona responsible for shooting a north Shropshire peacock.

Last week, the RSCPA said that the animal was taken to its Cheshire base after it was discovered with six pellets from an air gun and later died.

A spokesman for PETA said it is offering the reward of up to £2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for shooting a peacock with an airgun in Hinstock.


According to reports, the peacock, who was a beloved member of the community, was found in a field near Market Drayton on Sunday, January 28 with six pellets lodged in his body.

After being rushed to a local wildlife hospital, the peacock was humanely euthanised due to the severity of his injuries – which included a shattered leg and severely damaged muscles and tendons.

“It’s imperative that any community faced with cruel and callous acts such as this take measures to find the culprit and bring them to justice,” says PETA vice president Elisa Allen.

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“Animal abusers are a danger to everyone: they take their issues out on whomever is available to them – humans or other animals – and must be caught before they act again.”

The RSPCA is urging anyone with first-hand information about the incident to call its appeals line on 0300 123 8018.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, “that animals are not ours to abuse in any way” opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.