As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday 25 August 2015

RSPCA warns against latest blood sport - seagull fishing

By North Devon Journal | Posted: August 23, 2015

THE RSPCA has warned that anyone caught deliberately hurting seagulls will be prosecuted.

The statement comes following reports of a cruel new blood sport – seagull fishing.

In one recent incident in the South West the charity was called to reports from passers by that a group of youngsters were trying to catch gulls.

Officers have said that one bird was killed and others badly injured by people who have been deliberately catching seagulls using fishing lines.

RSPCA inspector Paul Kempson said: “When we arrived, we found one gull that had unfortunately died and another gull that was badly injured. We rushed the injured gull to a local vet and he is now being rehabilitated at one of the RSPCA’s wildlife centres.”

Mr Kempson warned that anyone caught deliberately injuring the animals could face prosecution.

He said: “Deliberate cruelty is not only completely callous and unacceptable but it is also against the law. We have launched an investigation into the incident and would urge anyone with any further information to please contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

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