Leicestershire: Peregrine falcon dies after being shot by air gun – BBC News

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The RSPCA is asking for tighter controls on air weapons after a peregrine falcon was shot with an air gun.

The protected hen was found on Brighton Avenue, Wigston, Leicestershire, on 19 April, after it flew into the window of a house.

The hen was taken to an analysis centre nonetheless later died.

The Residence Workplace said the UK has a number of of the toughest firearms guidelines on this planet.

Peregrine falcon shot


Philip Kingsley-Elton said he had been working collectively along with his dad David as soon as they heard “a loud bang”.

Mr Kingsley-Elton said he and his father found the hen dazed and with a bloody shoulder after it hit their window and, after speaking to a vet, they contacted the RSPCA.

“We dwell near Knighton Park and so we’re fortunate to have the ability to see all types of untamed birds, though we had not seen a peregrine falcon right here earlier than,” he said.

“It is simply very unhappy this has occurred to such a phenomenal chicken.”

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The hen was taken to RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre, in Nantwich, Cheshire, for analysis, the place it was found to be “very torpid and dehydrated and skinny”.

An X-ray confirmed a lead pellet was lodged in its correct wing, with the left wing fractured and accidents moreover suffered to the hen’s neck.

RSPCA inspector Sally Kearns said: “We suspect the hen had been shot some time earlier to flying into the caller’s window because the accidents described by the vet aren’t very latest.

“This implies we don’t know the place or when the capturing passed off, and are due to this fact interesting to anybody who has any info.”

Peregrine falcon shot


The RSPCA said it obtained virtually 1,000 calls to analysis circumstances the place animals had been shot yearly, and said tougher tips “together with higher schooling and rationalization of the regulation when shopping for an air gun” have been required.

“Necessities that everybody should obtain primary security coaching earlier than being allowed to stroll out of the store may assist relieve the issue,” it added.

A Residence Workplace spokesperson said: “Our nation rightly has a number of of the toughest firearms guidelines on this planet.

“Air weapons are already tightly managed and our proposals to go further are focused on defending most of the people, whereas balancing the desires of those who use them safely and responsibly.

“Final yr we launched a session on firearms security measures and the Authorities will contemplate the responses and supply a proper response in the end.”

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