Sign to stop air ri­fle in­juries

Harefield Gazette - - YOUR SAY -

IN AD­DI­TION to the ter­ri­ble hu­man deaths and ca­su­al­ties that have been in­flicted by in­dis­crim­i­nate use of air weapons, many pets have also been the un­for­tu­nate vic­tims of air weapons.

Cats Pro­tec­tion’s air gun li­cens­ing pe­ti­tion has al­ready re­ceived over 76,000 sig­na­tures and we would like to thank all of those who have signed the pe­ti­tion.

Cats re­ceive life-chang­ing in­juries from air guns such as limb am­pu­ta­tion or loss of an eye.

A 2016 Cats Pro­tec­tion sur­vey of vets found that 46% of re­ported in­ci­dents re­sult in fa­tal­i­ties.

We wel­come the gov­ern­ment’s in­ten­tion to re­view the reg­u­la­tion of air weapons li­cens­ing.

We are ask­ing the gov­ern­ment to li­cence air guns in Eng­land and Wales, bring­ing us in line with North­ern Ire­land and Scot­land.

Our mon­i­tor­ing shows nearly four cats a week are re­ported as killed or in­jured by an air gun in the UK – the ac­tual fig­ure is higher as many re­main un­re­ported.

We would like to en­cour­age those who haven’t signed up to show their sup­port by go­ing to our web­site: www.cats.org.uk/air­guns pe­ti­tion Jac­qui Cuff Ad­vo­cacy and Gov­ern­ment Re­la­tions Man­ager, Cats Pro­tec­tion

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