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Cat deaths prompt air gun ban call

Friday May 27th 2016

Nearly half the cats suffering air gun shots died from their injuries last year, according to a new report.

Its author Cats Protection has called for unlicensed weapons to be banned in the wake of the figures.

They show that over 100 cats were shot by air gun users in south-east and north-west England alone. The charity says it attended to dozens of moggies which were attacked in this way across Wales and England in 2015.

A total of 46% of these cases ended in death, it says.

The Scottish Parliament is outlawing unlicensed air guns on December 31. Cats Protection wants Wales and England to follow suit.

The charity believes that air guns are getting more powerful. This is because it says more cats are dying from air weapon wounds than 20 years earlier, yet reports of the number of attacks are down.

Jacqui Cuff, advocacy manager for Cats Protection, says such a ban would help safeguard cats' welfare.

Over three in four respondents in a poll of 3,000 adults say they would back the group's sentiments. But the Government says no changes in air gun ownership or use laws are imminent.

Copyright Press Association 2016