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Seagull 'kicked and stamped on' in St Ives


Published by Emma Carton at 8:46am 13th June 2018. (Updated at 9:47am 13th June 2018)

A seagull has reportedly been repeatedly kicked and stamped on after it stole chips in St Ives

Locals claimed they saw a man throw a bottle at the bird, before cornering it against a wall.

Pirate FM understands it happened on Wharf Road and was reported to the RSPCA.

One woman told Cornwall Live: "He then proceeded to kick it hard multiple times and another lady said he then stomped on it".

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The RSPCA has confirmed the incident happened on Monday the 11th of June but has not released the details.

A spokesperson said: "Unfortunately many see gulls as pests but all it takes is a little care and understanding to minimise any inconvenience caused by these birds.

"Every year we receive calls about gulls which have been persecuted and the victim of abusive attacks. Many have stones thrown at them, others left homeless after their nests are illegally destroyed and large numbers are the target of people taking pot shots at them with airguns.

"Gulls and their nests are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and it is illegal to intentionally kill, take or injure wild birds and action can only be taken against them under licence. Herring gulls in particular are a species of conservation concern in the UK and evidence indicates that overall herring gull populations are actually in decline.

"The RSPCA believes that deterrents and non-lethal methods of control are the best way to reduce gull related problems. Not feeding the gulls and disposing of rubbish properly, and blocking off areas where gulls normally nest outside of the breeding season will help to reduce the problems".

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