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Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by tombillings916, Sep 23, 2014.

  1. tombillings916

    tombillings916 Donator

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    More bad press for us Airgunners I'm afraid, big headlines and photos in our local paper of a cat that had to be put down after being shot, the Vet removed 2 pellets and a Dart (X Ray showing the body) but was unable to save it, makes my blood boil :mad:
     
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    Idiots going to ruin it for the rest of us :mad:
     
  3. busanga

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    Do they know who did it, they should be prosecuted! Made to do community service in am animal shelter and have their guns confiscated.
     
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    They should have better pellet control. Micro identifier on each one. Either microchip or like a hallmark. That way pellet can be traced to a seller and possibly to a buyer. Problem is increased cost.

    Or make every pellet seller record the brand, grain, batch etc... Of pellets and ask for ID from customers and make a copy. Then police can pull the pellet from the cat, see what shops sold that brand, find if any customers live close to the cats last known position and move in.


    Bullets from any gun can be traced back to that gun surely ballistics experts can do the same for air rifles.
     
  5. tinmanofkent

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    There seem to be loads and loads of cats in the media being shot at the moment. I think it's always been quite common, just wondering why the reporting is high right now. Something bad on the horizon?
     
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    The thing I hate about these cruelty to cats being shot is that you have no idea if its down to just cruelty or in fact some one defending there propperty... Maybe the cats attacked some ones prized pigeons? Or other live stock?

    The papers are quick to tarnish the sport and give it more bad rep! Now I know how quick a cat would run away after being shot as its instinct for them this making it harder to know why its been shot but I wish they would think that there is a possibility that the cats been up to no good and not just jump to conclusions...
     
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    High power water pistols , a hosepipe or even a bucket of water have the same effect . No need to shoot them as all it does is make things worse for us :(
     
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    Cats using other peoples gardens as crapping grounds and strong stinking p**s all over peoples property making their gardens a fouling ground and almost un usable, are perhaps some of the causes. In neighbourhoods, some cats really are vermin with what they do to peoples property.

    Though, I am not condoning this at all, would never condone anything illegal. I belong to a club, I shoot legally, so I am too unhappy with anyone bringing the sport into disrepute.
     
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    I agree also I couldn't hurt some ones loving family pet!
     
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    Even if the cat has been causing a problem that doesn't give anyone the right to shoot it with an airgun there are other humane alternatives as suggested.The Censored that do this sought of thing are a bloody menace and are ruining our sport and it won't be long before some politician seizes on it, for publicity reasons,and tries to get more legislation for air guns.
     
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    Too late chap, that has already happened.

    Look deeper as to why there is so much reporting of airgun crime.......instructions from Westiminster to dredge up as much dirt as possible, in readiness for taking to the General Election campaigns coming up soon. Cynical? Me? ;)
     
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    What would they do? Licence the sport and so long as you belong to a club along with having a criminal records check, you're good to go?
     
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    Shooting cats is wrong but if people are so worried about them they should look after them and keep them in ....there is loads where I live and they are always trying to get the birds in my avairy but the owners dont care abouy that ...if they kept them in they wouldnt get shot would they .as I said of course its wrong to shoot someones pet but always 2 sides to every story
     
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    I'm member of a shooting range but why should anyone have to be a member of a club to enjoy using an air rifle legitimately and a criminal record check wouldn't stop this sort of thing happening as it's very often perpetrated by people who have no criminal record and whose neighbours may be unaware that they even own an airgun.They're just cat haters.
     
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    Yep, that's what I'm thinking too. I expect to see it on BBC breakfast news soon. I was thinking today that the shooting community has no figure head. I didn't much like Bob Crow from the RMT but if we shooters could have paid him enough to be our mouthpiece he would have been worth every penny and we wouldn't have had any worries about Westminster.
     
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    People have been shooting cats with air rifles for years and as far as I know it has not caused a single change in air rifle legislation or new laws? They should just prosecute the people caught doing it but also have a serious word with the owners if the cat has been causing a nuisance (Garden crapping etc). It's annoying for gardners etc and I can sympathise with their situation, but shooting cats is NOT the answer ever! I'm glad my 3 are indoor only cats and so I don't have to worry about them annoying neighbours etc.

    What if people started shooting dogs because the owners let them crap all over the place and are too lazy/uncaring to pick it up? (Our small town is terrible for this). Dog owners would be up in arms about it and there would be public outcry about it and rightly so. Why should cats be any different? They are living breathing animals just the same and have owners who care a great deal about them. I don't know what the answer is.

    I wouldn't be surprised if most cat air rifle shootings are done by teenagers just because they think it's funny or whatever. A few years ago, there were regular reports, (not too far from me) of "people" going out and stabbing horses and ponnies through the eyes and neck with purposley sharpened screwdrivers. They caught the cruel b******* eventually.....Gang of teenagers!! There are some sick people around that's for sure.

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    I know this doesn't give a person the right to shoot to harm or kill a persons pet cat or even a stray cat, but my point is that the details would be nice rather than them just jumping to a conclusion that its another evil air gunner being a nuisance ruining the sport for every one...

    It would just be nice if they did some research as to why the cat was shot in the first place... If its worth a mention in the papers then surely its worth a quick investigation as to what provoked a person to shoot it! Rather than just a head line saying animal shot by airgun bla bla followed by a write up another dead cat with air gun pellet wound... Which just tarnishes the sport!
    Where as if the head lines read "local man shoots cat to defend his property/pets" followed with a write up of to what his reasons where for shooting it... Followed by the punishment he faces! It would help the public to be more understanding and not be so damaging to the sports reputation!
     
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    I have a cat that drives me mad lives two doors along so under fed ...always messing in my garden mainly the large flower pots , and loves to watch the birds feeding but hopefully can't reach them ..... What can you do the owner can't really keep it in as that's not fair ..... I have worked out just throw a glass of water not even at it and its off I only have to open the back door and its off :D
     
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    There are no two sides to a case like this,Shooting a cat with an air gun is a criminal offence it's as simple as that!As I and another member has said if you're having a problem with cats in your garden for whatever reason there are humane ways of dealing with it.As for one member saying cats crapping and p*****g everywhere making a garden unusable,don't make me laugh. One thing I do find strange is the fact that the cat had three wounds inflicted on it bearing in mind that no cat after being shot with an air gun is going to hang around for you to take a 2nd and 3rd shot at it could mean that more than one person/shooter was involved or that the unfortunate animal was cornered or trapped.
     
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    Quite right Margaret, most cats once they've been chivvied off a few times they get the message.
     

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