This might be an "old chestnut" to some but over the past couple of weeks, through being a member of certain other more "photographically orientated" forums, I have just come to realise how widespread this practice of live baiting is, especially in N America. All those fabulous images of owls and raptors swooping in for the kill are not natural shots at all but a "set up" by the photographer who has dropped into the pet shop on his way to his photo location to pick up a box of tame mice (or any other small mammal which is for sale) with which to lure his subjects.
This would be illegal and a criminal offence in the UK and many other countries in Europe. I find it not just offensive but totally barbaric. Any other opinions on this? (and does anyone have any more detailed "insider" information?).