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Teenagers facing prison for shooting birds and ducks in residential area

By Mason White 10:27 AM May 12, 2017
Ducks swimming in water (illustration)
Ducks swimming in water (illustration)
By: William Martin

A group of teenagers are facing time behind bars after being caught shooting multiple birds and ducks, which were swimming in a canal, according to police in the United Kingdom.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is appealing for information after six birds and ducks were found dead, shortly after a group of teenagers were seen shooting at them with a catapult next to the canal in Wolverhampton.

Two teenage males who were in possession of a black medium-sized dog, were witnessed by a member of the public aiming at the birds along the Wyrley and Essington canal, near Clanfield Avenue in the Wednesfield area of the city, at about 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The bodies of four mallard ducks and two coots were found at the side of the canal at the spot where the teenagers were seen shooting.

RSPCA inspector Vicki Taylor, who is investigating, said: “The person who witnessed this said that it looked as though they were using ball bearings to shoot the birds.

“Afterwards, the teenagers walked towards the Castlebridge estate. We are keen to find out who they were and we are asking anyone who has any information to get in touch with us.

“It is obviously very concerning that these birds were being shot at. Such unnecessary and callous attacks can cause a lot of pain and distress to birds, and are often fatal – such as in this case.

“It is so upsetting to think that people take pleasure in causing such horrific injuries to defenseless animals. These are deliberate acts of cruelty and we would appeal to people’s consciences not to commit these offenses.

“We would also like to remind people that under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 it is illegal to take, injure or kill wild birds or interfere with their nest or eggs, unless under license. The maximum penalty, if found guilty, is six months in prison and a 5,000 pound ($6,500) fine.”