Char­ity starts gun pe­ti­tion

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

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.

Visit cats.org.uk/air­gun­spe­ti­tion.

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