Audio: Animal charity in attack on airguns

PUBLISHED: 14:30 27 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:04 26 October 2009

Dave Millard

Dave Millard

ON the day the Potters Bar Edition revealed an air rifle attack on a cat, the RSPCA launched a campaign to raise awareness of gun attacks on felines.

ON the day the Potters Bar Edition revealed an air rifle attack on a cat, the RSPCA launched a campaign to raise awareness of gun attacks on felines.

The animal charity is warning of the dangers airguns pose and attempting to halt their widespread abuse of animals.

The move comes after increasing calls to the society concerning animals that have been deliberately targeted in sickening attacks, which can often leave them dead or fighting for their lives.

Last week angered pet-owner Graham Payne told the Potters Bar Edition how his four-and-a-half-year-old cat Jack was recovering after being shot three times by an air rifle.

RSPCA figures for the east of England show that there has been a massive 67 per cent increase in cat attacks last year compared to 2006.

Acting regional superintendant Simon Parker said: "Mindless airgun attacks on pets and wildlife are a serious and worsening problem.

"Air pellet entry wounds are especially difficult to detect by the untrained eye and, sadly, not all incidents are reported to us or even witnessed.

"We would like to remind people that the law has changed, and it is now illegal for anyone under 18 years old to have an airgun in their possession without supervision."

FACTFILE

* Anyone found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal faces up to six months in jail and a £20,000 fine.

* It is an offence to have an airgun - loaded or not - in a public place without a reasonable excuse.

* You could also be arrested if you sell, hire or give an airgun to someone.

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