Cat Charity Renews Calls for air gun Licensing After More Shootings

One of the UK’s leading feline welfare charity is renewing its call for air gun licensing in England and Wales after caring for two cats that needed surgery to remove air gun pellets.

In the last two months Cats Protection’s Bridgend Adoption Centre took in two stray cats from different areas of Wales who had both sadly been shot.

Mr Bojangles – credit CP Bridgend

Jewels, a one-year-old black-and-white female, and five-year-old male Mr Bojangles were both un-neutered. They are both very sweet-natured despite their ordeal.

These attacks have prompted Cats Protection to renew calls for air guns to be licensed in England and Wales, in line with existing legislation in other parts of the UK.

Mr Bojangles – credit CP Bridgend

Cats Protection’s Bridgend Adoption Centre Manager, Sue Dobbs, said: “Mr Bojangles was handed in to us after being taken to a vet in Pontypool as a rather bedraggled stray.

“Jewel was found in a quarry in Pontypridd. She was in better condition so we think she must have had an owner but sadly were unable to trace them and we have no idea how she came to be there.

“On examination, it was discovered that both cats had air gun pellets embedded under their skin. They each underwent surgery and thankfully made full recoveries. Sadly this isn’t the always the case and many cats either don’t survive or suffer horrific injuries.”

Jewels – credit CP Bridgend

Cats Protection’s Head of Advocacy & Government Relations Jacqui Cuff said: “Many people are shocked to learn that these weapons can be owned by anyone aged over 18 in England and Wales without licence. This is in contrast with Scotland and Northern Ireland, which both have sensible, modern laws in place that require licensing of air guns. In 2017, 164 cats in the UK were reported in the press as being shot with an air gun and this figure is only the tip of the iceberg. It cannot just be coincidence that over 85% of these reported attacks on cats were in England and Wales.

“Sadly, we see many instances where cats are shot by air guns, often sustaining life-changing or fatal injuries. These lethal weapons are far too easily accessed. Modern legislation on air gun ownership is now well overdue in England and Wales.”

Air gun pellet – credit CP Bridgend

Cats Protection’s petition calling on the Government to introduce the licensing of air guns in England and Wales has now gathered over 115,000 signatures. The Government launched a review into air weapons legislation in October 2017, including a consultation which concluded on 6 February 2018, but they have still not reported their next steps.

To sign the petition, visit www.cats.org.uk/airgunspetition

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14 thoughts on “Cat Charity Renews Calls for air gun Licensing After More Shootings

  1. Lauren says:

    People who deliberately shoot cats should be in prison. A cat is mamed or killed, and a human’s heart is broken if the cat was attached to a human with a heart. I just can’t stand this. 🐱

  2. Lauren says:

    I’m with you there too! Just don’t contemplate shooting the shooters. We still have the death penalty in our state! My husband is the lead public defender in our county, so I have to dunk my reflexes sometimes. . .

  3. Rohvannyn says:

    It’s sad to see that people are hurting cats, but air gun licensing won’t stop people from doing what they want. One, it will still be possible to get stolen air guns, and two, even if you can’t get an air gun there are all kinds of other horrible things that can and are done to cats. The partial answer is education so more people understand cats are friends rather than vermin, and also in some cases better parenting by more involved parents. The rest of the answer involves spaying and neutering so there are fewer strays to be harmed, and keeping our beloved pets better protected so people can’t hurt them.

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