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The UK's leading cat welfare charity The Cats Protection League has declared its full support for 'The Acquisition and Possession of Air Weapons' Restriction Bill - to be introduced by Nick Palmer MP later this month.

The initiative follows the 'Cats and Air Weapons Survey' commissioned by the League in 1996 which showed that over 10,000 cats and other small mammals are injured by air-weapons every year.

The Member for Broxtowe, Nottinghamshire, has drafted a 10 Minute Bill calling for a change in the current legislation to raise the legal age for the sale, possession and use of air weapons from 14 to 17.

There is a very serious problem in the UK with the misuse of air weapons by those who take pleasure from inflicting pain on animals," says Mike McCawley, Chief Executive of the Cats Protection League. "We are delighted that Mr Palmer has so enthusiastically taken up the cause, he has the unreserved support of every member of the League. We will do whatever we can to assist him with his Bill."

Air weapons may be considered by some to be the 'soft end' of the firearm debate but for thousands of others they represent a constant threat to harmless, defenceless animals. One of the main problems with these particular guns is that injuries often go undetected because the small pellets become embedded in the body. There is rarely any sign of entry and this results in infection, unnecessary pain and prolonged suffering.

"We are eagerly looking foward to legislative control on this issue," adds McCawley.

SOURCE The Cats Protection League

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