Prevent Senseless Animal Shooting by Licensing Air Guns

Target: Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Goal: Stop senseless animal slaughter by requiring licenses for air guns.

In the UK, animals are being senselessly shot and injured or killed by individuals who own air guns, which do not require a license. Most recently, an individual wielding an air gun targeted a sweet black cat named Tinkerbell. An x-ray of Tinkerbell’s injuries revealed that her hind leg was completely smashed by an air gun pellet, making her part of a shocking statistic about animals injured or killed by these guns.

The RSPCA reports that animals are shot with air guns every few hours. Over the last five years, the RSPCA has recorded about 4,500 reports of animals injured or killed by air guns. In 2017 alone 519 birds, 341 cats, 125 wild mammals, and 111 dogs were shot. Although Northern Ireland and Scotland have passed laws that regulate these weapons, in both England and Wales you do not have to have a license to own an air gun.

David Bowles, the RSPCA assistant director of external affairs, said: “The RSPCA has long been calling for stricter controls over air guns as well as better education and explanation of the law for those buying one. Our 24-hour cruelty hotline receives hundreds of calls every year reporting air gun attacks on animals. Animals can suffer horrendous injuries and often die as a result of air gun attacks and these weapons are potentially extremely dangerous for people as well.”

Sign this petition to urge Theresa May to pass laws that require licensing for individuals who wish to purchase and own an air gun.


Dear Prime Minister May,

Individuals that own air guns are targeting animals both domesticated and wild at an alarming rate. Recently, an individual with an air gun shot a beloved pet cat named Tinkerbell. This resulted in a totally shattered rear leg for the cat but no justice for the shooter. Unfortunately, this situation is far too common in both Wales and England where air guns are not regulated by licensure. The RSPCA repots that animals are shot with air guns every few hours. In 2017 alone, 519 birds, 341 cats, 125 wild mammals, and 111 dogs fell victim to shooting attacks with air guns.

While Northern Ireland and Scotland have passed regulations dealing with the ownership and use of air guns, Wales and England have not. The senseless shooting of animals must stop and I urge you to require licenses for air guns in both Wales and England.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. these air guns should be banned and destroyed,any parent who allows their offspring tp own any sort of weapon is an obvious moronic uneducated fool who should be imprisoned

  2. Carol Brandt says:

    I am pro-gun and I believe air guns should be heavily regulated. Nearly as much as bonafide guns. They can do a lot of harm, and are most often in the hands of young people who exhibit no sense of what is right and wrong.

  3. Carol Brandt says:

    In the letter, it should read REPORTED cases, because I think you can take all of those stats and multiply by 10 or more to get the true numbers.

  4. why should anyone be allowed to have one they should be banned poor innocent animals just another cruelty in the UK

  5. You should have an Arms Licence to purchase an Air Rifle But at the same time The Gov’t should not use this to disarm those with a Licence, Only those without one. One other Problem will come with this, and that is They will start to remove the right to the use of Silencers or so called moderators which you really only need for Vermin hunting.

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