as would trained or feral dog packs.
Always clean? see below.
Both are acts of unnecessary pain, suffering and death, which is the legal definition of animal cruelty.
Ok, I'll buy that. But I submit that if you mention falconry to the layman, they will conjure up images of romantic notions of medieval life.
I'm not that familiar with falconry practices, so I wonder how these predatory avians discern the difference between "game" animals and someones pet? To me it seems as indiscriminate as a snare or leghold trap.