Wednesday January 29 2014

RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information following reports that a number of birds have been shot in Beddau.

Over the last month local residents say a number birds – including crows, blackbirds and magpies – have  been shot by someone using an airgun in the Gwaunmiskin road area.

Yesterday, RSPCA inspector Simon Evans, who is investigating the alleged incidents, retrieved a dead crow which is believed to be one of the victims.

He said: “It seems that someone is taking shots at birds in this area and we need to find who is doing it  and put a stop to it. Air weapon attacks cause a great deal of pain, distress and death to a huge number of birds and animals each year.

“We need to get the message out that using living creatures as target practice is illegal and utterly inexcusable.”

All wild birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The shooting of some birds is only allowed under licence for specific purposes. It is an offence to intentionally injure, kill or take a wild bird under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and offenders can face a fine of up to £5,000 and/or six months imprisonment.

Anyone with information about these incidents is urged to contact the RSPCA inspector’s information line information line on 0300 123 8018  and leave a message for inspector Evans. Calls are treated in the strictest confidence.

To help the RSPCA investigate crimes like this text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).