Yet another seagull has been shot in Eastbourne.
East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service volunteers were called to Pevensey Road earlier today (17 June), to take in the injured bird, which was unable to fly. It had a pellet wedged in its side.
Centre Manager, Chris Riddington said, "I just cannot understand what goes through someone's head to look at this beautiful bird and shoot it, not for food, but for fun. For reasons only beknown to them. Maybe she was protecting her young, maybe she was hungry and thought she was invited to a bbq, maybe she was an unneeded alarm clock this morning and made too much noise on the roof. Maybe it was children with nothing better to do. Whatever the reason, I have to look at this bird in the eyes, knowing another human caused this. No fault of her own, no accident, just someone who thought they had a right to take her out of the world for fun. We now have to watch her struggling, stressed, desperate to walk and fly. There is absolutely no excuse, no reason and no defence. It breaks my heart to have to keep going through this, it's not fair. Whatever anyone's feelings on these ‘pest’ species they don't deserve to suffer and do not deserve this much persecution."
The shooting is being reported to Sussex Police.
Photo courtesy of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service.