A new documentary, “A Bird in the Sky,” looks at the practice of hunting, and its impact on the birds.
“A bird in the sky is an idea that is quite controversial, particularly for a sport that has a high mortality rate,” said film director David Stoltenberg.
“I guess it’s a sort of a metaphor for something that people find upsetting or disturbing.”
The documentary examines the practice by documenting a flock of birds in the skies of the United States, which are killed to collect meat for dinner.
The film was produced with the support of the Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
A bird can be killed by cutting off its head, and in some cases its wings.
It’s a cruel way of slaughtering birds, but it’s also one of the few places in the world where a bird can still live, say experts.
“It’s quite remarkable that this practice, this practice exists,” said Stolstenberg.
“I mean, this is a really good example of how we need to work to protect and preserve wildlife in this country,” said Andrew Ritchie, with the Audubon Society of Canada.
The practice is widespread in the United Kingdom, where birds are slaughtered on a regular basis.
But it’s illegal in Canada, and there are strict guidelines on how much meat a bird is allowed to eat.
Ritchie said the documentary, which is expected to be shown on CBC in March, is a start.
“This is a film that, to some degree, has to be about birds and how they’re being harmed,” he said.
“And that’s what we try to do.”
For the documentary to be relevant, the animals involved need to be looked at from a more holistic perspective.
Stolenhovitz said there are a number of ways the practice can be altered.
“There’s a lot of things that can be done to make sure that the birds are not in a state of distress,” he explained.
“We can’t allow for these people to continue to kill them.
We can’t put them in cages, and we can’t kill them in large cages.”
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