Charity starts gun petition
A CAT charity has launched a petition calling for air guns to be licensed in order to reduce the number of feline injuries and fatalities.
According to Cats Protection, in addition to the ‘terrible human deaths and casualties that have been inflicted by indiscriminate use of air weapons’, many pets have fallen victim to thugs with air guns.
Jacqui Cuff from the charity said: “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.
“Cats suffer life-changing injuries from air guns, such as limb amputation or loss of an eye. A 2016 Cats Protection survey of vets found 46 per cent of reported incidents result in fatalities.
“We are asking the government to licence air guns in England and Wales, bringing us in line with Northern Ireland and Scotland.”
So far the online petition has received more than 76,000 signatures.