Demand for New Legislation Following Airgun Attacks on Animals
The RSPCA is calling for mandatory licensing of airguns in England and Wales. In 2017, they received telephone calls alleging attacks on 519 wild birds, 341 cats, 125 wild mammals and 111 dogs, among others.
The RSPCA wants to see England and Wales follow the lead of Scotland and Northern Ireland, where airgun owners and users have been required to have a licence since 1 January 2017. The licensing recommendation will form part of a submission to the UK Government’s review of the regulation of air weapons, following two serious shooting incidents involving children.
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