West Yorkshire named as a hotspot for animal attacks with a weapon by RSPCA
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The animal charity has unveiled new figures relating to deadly weapons used on animals over the past four years – with West Yorkshire being named as one of the most prominent regions for attacks.
Air guns and rifles were responsible for the bulk of the incidents, with 658 reports made to the charity with weapons such as catapults and slingshots accounted for a combined 124 incidents.
There were also 34 calls to the RSPCA about crossbow incidents.
The RSPCA released the figures as part of its Cancel Out Cruelty campaign, in a bid to raise funds to help its frontline rescue teams continue to save animals from cruelty and abuse - like deadly weapon attacks.
RSPCA national wildlife coordinator, Geoff Edmond. said: “It is unspeakably cruel, totally unacceptable and illegal to shoot animals for ‘fun’ - or as target practice, but sadly our emergency line is receiving hundreds of reports.
“We think of ourselves as a nation of animal lovers, but the RSPCA’s experience shows that there are people out there who are deliberately targeting wildlife, pets and farm animals with guns, catapults and crossbows. These weapons cause horrific pain and suffering.
“Day after day, our frontline officers and animal centres see the sickening consequences of weapons being used on animals - severe injuries often leading to death.
"And what we deal with is probably only the tip of the iceberg as not all cases will be reported to the RSPCA directly and there may be situations where animals injured and killed by these weapons are sadly never found - especially in the case of wildlife.
"This is why we need our supporters to back our Cancel Out Cruelty campaign so we can tackle this horrific trend.”