Saturday, 10 Jun 2023

Man spotted walking ‘pet seagull’ on a leash slammed as ‘sick’ and ‘cruel’

A man has been blasted as “sick” and “cruel” after he was pictured walking a seagull on a leash.

The bizarre sighting was captured by a passerby in a vehicle while they stopped at a zebra crossing, reportedly in Blackpool.

The man appears to have put a collar and a leash on the gull and is walking or dragging it along the crossing.

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An image of the incident was shared on Twitter by the account @liveinblackpool. It reads: “I love Blackpool so much, please never change.

“Where else would you see a Man walking his pet seagull on a Zebra crossing”.

The tweet has since been viewed more than 24K times and has hundreds of interactions.

One user replied claiming this isn’t a one-time occurrence, the man was spotted by them as well.

They said: “We saw the same guy on Sunday at this roundabout”.

“Not sure how it’s funny. The poor thing is obviously completely defenceless and getting dragged along by its neck. How on earth no one has stopped him f***ing baffles me”, another replied.

A third simply slammed the incident as “sick cruelty”.

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One user said: “After spending a few days in Blackpool, seeing this has not surprised me in the slightest.”

The RSCPA described the incidnet as "distressing" and "totally inappropriate".

A spokesperson told the Daily Star: “This is a distressing sight and we are very concerned for this gull’s welfare. It is totally inappropriate and unacceptable to treat any wild animal in this way.

“Putting a gull on a leash would be extremely stressful for the bird as it would prevent it from being able to engage in its natural behaviour and could lead to injury or even death.

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“Like all wild birds, gulls, their chicks and their nests are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

“This means it's illegal to intentionally kill, take or injure gulls, take or destroy their eggs, or damage or destroy any gull nests while they're in use or being built – unless you're acting under licence.

“Captive gulls, like this bird, are also protected by the Animal Welfare Act 2006, which means their keeper is required to meet their welfare needs and avoid causing them unnecessary suffering'”

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