In the interests of cats anywhere in England and Wales, airguns need to be far more strictly regulated. They are the cause of many injuries to outdoor cats. A survey in 2016 by Cats Protection found that 44% of veterinarians had treated cats who had been the victims of an air pellet fired by an airgun. Almost half of the shootings were fatal.
If the shooting is not fatal the cat can be severely injured. Cats can lose eyes, limbs and suffer life changing injuries. The people who shoot cats with airguns do it for entertainment. In my humble opinion, it is usually young men who take pleasure in shooting at outdoor domestic cats, probably belonging to their neighbour.
In 2017 it was reported that 164 cats had been shot with an airgun in the UK. I have mentioned England and Wales because the regulations in these two countries is slacker than in Northern Ireland Scotland. Most of these airgun attacks on cats occur in England and Wales. This clearly indicates that a tightening of regulations would greatly reduce this form of cat abuse.
Cats Protection have delivered a 100,000 signature petition to the Prime Minister’s office at 10 Downing Street calling for a change in the law on airgun ownership in England and Wales. Is part of a major campaign by the charity to bring airgun ownership in line with the regulations which exist currently in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Cats Protection have also written to the Home Office requesting airgun licensing.
We are told that 90% of reported airgun attacks on outdoor cats occur in England and Wales. Not infrequently we read about airgun attacks on cats in the news media. It’s one of two major forms of cat abuse in the UK. The other is antifreeze poisoning. I also believe antifreeze poisoning is done deliberately more often than not in the UK.
Let’s restrict the use of airguns in England and Wales to stop this animal cruelty.