Home   Thanet   News   Article

RSPCA Thanet call on anglers not to be careless after gull left with fatal injuries

By Katie Davis

RSPCA’s Isle of Thanet branch has called on anglers to not be careless after a herring gull had his life "end early because of a single act of carelessness".

An adult herring gull was brought into the Woodchurch animal centre by local dog warden Simon.

It had got caught up in fishing line and had hooks deeply embedded in its mouth, leg and wing.

The gull had hooks embedded in its throat. Pic RSPCA

The gull had hooks embedded in its mouth. Pic: RSPCA

The gull was sent to Eagle vets in Minster where it was examined and x-rayed but the damage was too great for the gull to be saved.

On a Facebook post the next day, the RSPCA branch wrote: “Herring gulls can live 30 years, but this poor soul had his life ended early because of a single act of carelessness.”

The RSPCA are calling on anglers not to be careless. Pic RSPCA

The RSPCA are calling on anglers not to be careless. Pic: RSPCA

The branch are now appealing to anglers to stop putting wildlife and even people and dogs at risk by taking their rubbish home.

The post said: “Littering our beautiful Thanet coastline is a shameful act, but this type of litter is also very dangerous, and not just to beautiful gulls.

X-ray of the seagull. Pic RSPCA

X-ray of the seagull. Pic: RSPCA

“These hooks could just as easily end up in the feet of your children or dogs when you are enjoying time on the beach.

“Please, anglers, don’t be careless idiots; be heroes instead, take your rubbish home and dispose of it responsibly.”

Join the debate...
Comments |

Don't have an account? Please Register first!

The KM Group does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.


Terms of Comments
We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules. If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here, email multimediadesk@thekmgroup.co.uk or call 01634 227989.

Close This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.Learn More