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 chicken was discovered on Brighton Avenue, Wigston, Leicestershire, on 19 April, after it flew into the window of a home.

The chicken was taken to an evaluation centre however later died.

The Residence Workplace stated the UK has a few of the hardest firearms rules on this planet.

Peregrine falcon shot

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Philip Kingsley-Elton stated he had been working together with his dad David once they heard “a loud bang”.

Mr Kingsley-Elton stated he and his father discovered the chicken dazed and with a bloody shoulder after it hit their window and, after talking 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 stated.

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

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

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

RSPCA inspector Sally Kearns stated: “We suspect the chicken had been shot a while previous to flying into the caller’s window as the injuries described by the vet aren’t very recent.

“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

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The RSPCA stated it obtained practically 1,000 calls to research circumstances the place animals had been shot yearly, and stated harder guidelines “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 stated: “Our nation rightly has a few of the hardest firearms rules on this planet.

“Air weapons are already tightly managed and our proposals to go additional are targeted on defending the general public, whereas balancing the wants of people that 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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