Ava Max: Sweet but PsychoiTunesAmazon

Charity calls for air gun ownership law changes

Kittens in Cats Protection care

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 4:25pm 9th February 2018. (Updated at 4:28pm 9th February 2018)

Charity Cats Protection is calling for people to take a stand and help change the laws surrounding air gun ownership.

It comes as a family in Skipton have been left devastated after their cat Tara was shot earlier this week.

Cats Protection wants to follow in the footsteps of Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Both countries changed their laws to make it so people - over the age of 18 - could only own an air gun with a licence.

The charity wants this to be made a legal requirement in England and Wales.

Head of Advocacy & Government Relations at Cats Protection, Jacqui Cuff, is determined for the laws to change: "We don't want a ban, we just want the lower-powered air guns, which are lethal and cause injury and deaths to cat and to people, to be owned by people with a license.

"We started with a petition which got 90,000 signatures, and is still live.

"More recently we are asking people to write to the home office because the government is reviewing the law on air guns which we very much welcome.

"It's terrible, RSPCA and our figures show this is happening really commonly to cats. There are people for whatever reason dislike cats, or see them as target practice when they are people's pets, they're protected in law and it's an offence to shoot them.

"We need to send a strong message that these things need to be owned under a license, because nobody knows in England and Wales who owns these weapons and for what purpose.

"I would encourage everyone to write to their MP stating that they would like to see a change in laws happen. The system is working well in Scotland and they're seeing crimes go down against cats and people."

Cats Protection have an online petition

Sylvester the cat

More news from across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale

Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Stray FM

Older article
Top articles

Do you have what it takes to be a Tour Maker?

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Organisers of the Tour de Yorkshire are searching for 13,000 volunteers.

Woman and two children found dead in house in Little Lever

National: A woman and two children have been found dead in a house in Little Lever, Greater Manchester.

Chinese authorities appear to confirm gene-edited babies

World: A second woman is pregnant with a gene-edited baby, according to Chinese authorities investigating He Jiankui, the researcher who says he successfully edited the genes of twin girls born in November - a scientific first.

Keaton Jennings column: Short-leg stunners and preparing to face the Windies in Barbados

Sport: In his first Sky Sports column, England opener Keaton Jennings looks ahead to the first Test against Windies and details the work that goes into taking those stunning short-leg catches!

Russell Brand reveals he has never looked after his children for a 24-hour period

Showbiz: Russell Brand has revealed he has never looked after his children for a 24-hour period in an interview where he talks about the "real awakening" of the #MeToo movement.

Could you benefit from a life coach?

Business: Harrogate life coach is encouraging people to tackle 2019 with a new outlook.

"Pennies over pupils": Campaigners vow to continue fight as school cuts move forward

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Senior county councillors have backed plans to cut funding for the county's pupil referral units.

Behind The Scenes: Policing rural North Yorkshire

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Stray FM went out on a shift with Craven's Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Could you benefit from a life coach?

Business: Harrogate life coach is encouraging people to tackle 2019 with a new outlook.

When will I have enough money to retire?

Business: And how to get a definitive answer.

Top Party Dresses for the Festive Season

Christmas: Local Blogger, the Harrogate Girl, picks the best frocks, gowns and outfits for the big Christmas parties of 2017.

The Yorkshire floods: one year on

Special Reports: People affected by last year's downpours describe what has happened in the last 12 months

"This will make my kids' Christmas"

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Stray FM and Slingsby Gin offer a little light to a family who've had a tough year just before Christmas

Delve into deliciousness at Mother Shiptons Inn

Test pages: We sent Stray FM's James Stanley to try out the new menu at Mother Shipton's Inn Knaresborough.

LIVE: Stage 4 of the Tour de Yorkshire

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: The Final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire is on today today, passing through Otley, Blubberhouses, Pateley Bridge and Skipton.

Tour de Yorkshire host venues confirmed

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: There'll be no re-run of this year's memorable Tour de France stage finish in Harrogate.

Poll

What kind of Vouchers would you like to buy in 2019?
Days out with the kids
34.9%
Food & Drink
29.1%
Hair cuts
5.3%
Spa days
8.8%
Beauty treatments
4.4%
Hotel stays
10.9%
Local Events
6.2%
Group activities
0.5%

Trending in Yorkshire

Do you have what it takes to be a Tour Maker?

Organisers of the Tour de Yorkshire are searching for 13,000 volunteers.

£13.7m road repair schemes in North Yorkshire revealed

Good news for drivers on the county's roads

Charity ball hopes to reach £100k fundraising target in memory of Shaun Johnstone

The event is in memory of Shaun Lee Johnstone from Boroughbridge

More news...