RSPCA appeal for information after Red Kite is shot Wellingborough.


Red Kite injured by shotgun pellets Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a Red Kite was shot in Wellingborough.

The bird suffered a badly-injured wing and was taken to the East Winch Wildlife Centre in Northamptonshire. It was x-rayed and found to be peppered with shotgun pellets. The bird had to be put down.

Alison Charles, manger of the RSPCA centre in East Winch, said: “Shooting this bird is just mindless cruelty at its worst.”We do not get many in this area.”We do not know if this bird was shot for fun, or some other motive, but people need to be aware that shooting a bird like this is a criminal offence and we will continue to prosecute anyone who commits crimes such as these.


X-ray showing Red Kite's shotgun injuries
                           X-ray showing Red Kite’s shotgun injuries Credit: RSPCA

Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act it is an offence to take, injure or kill a Red Kite and punishment can include fines up to £5,000 and/or a prison sentence of up to six months.

                            X-ray showing Red Kite’s injured wing Credit: RSPCA
What is the difference with what is taking place on the island of Malta and the shooting, poisoning and trapping of raptors here in our country? The scale of killing on Malta may be higher, undertaken each spring and autumn, but here in the UK the killing is relentless throughout the whole year.

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