BBC Parliament - 5 March 2018 - Air guns

05 March 2018
BBC Parliament - 5 March 2018 - Air guns

Lord Black of Brentwood asked Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce a regime for the purchase, possession and use of air guns.

He said: "Is she (Minister of State, Home Office) aware that a growing number of crimes involving air weapons relate to senseless attacks on domestic animals, particularly cats, nearly half of which die as a result of the often horrific injuries? 

The Cats Protection charity recorded 164 attacks on cats and kittens with an airgun last year, while the RSPCA received nearly 900 calls to their cruelty hotline, reporting air weapon attacks on animals, making 4500 attacks in the last five years. Is it not time to license these weapons to ensure that they're possessed only for legitimate purposes by responsible owners, and not by those who would cruelly inflict pain and suffering, and often death on defenceless domestic animals?"