Reward of Up to £2,000 Offered to Nab Thug Responsible for Shooting Peacock With Airgun

Hinstock, Shropshire – PETA is offering a 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 28 January with six pellets lodged in his body. After being rushed to a local wildlife hospital, the bird 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. “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.”

History shows that past incidents involving cruelty to animals regularly appear in the records of serial rapists and murderers. Young killers Mary Bell, Robert Thompson, and Jon Venables; murderers Ian Huntley, Thomas Hamilton (the Dunblane massacre), and Raoul Moat; and serial killers Fred West, Dennis Nilsen, and Ian Brady all started out by deliberately harming animals.

The RSPCA is urging anyone with firsthand 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. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), TikTok, or Instagram.


Lucy Watson +44 (0) 20 7837 6327; [email protected]