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Appeal launched after spate of gull attacks in Wales
A gull was photographed in East Parade, Rhyl, with a crossbow arrow sticking through its skin.

Birds "experiencing significant suffering"

An appeal for information has been launched following a spate of gull attacks in Wales.

The appeal was launched by RSPCA Cymru and North Wales Police after a gull was photographed in East Parade, Rhyl, with a crossbow arrow sticking through its skin.

In a press release, RSPCA Cymru said the bird is still thought to be alive, but likely to be “experiencing significant suffering” as a result of the incident. It added that there have been several other reported attacks on gulls in the area, some of which involved an air rifle.

"It's deeply worrying to think someone is deliberately setting out to persecute gulls in this way,” commented RSPCA inspector Jenny Anderson. “This latest incident was brought to the attention of the RSPCA and North Wales Police after a gull was sighted with an arrow through its body.

"We understand the gull is still alive in the wild - but will clearly be experiencing significant suffering."

Rob Taylor, from the North Wales Rural Crime Team, added: "We are aware of a number of incidents involving the illegal killing of gulls on the North Wales coast. These birds are protected by UK law and we remind people that the using of such weapons and the killing of these birds is taken extremely seriously.

“We are appealing to the public for any information that may assist us in apprehending those responsible for these callous acts."

Anyone with any information is urged to contact RSPCA Cymru’s inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. The Police can also be contacted on 101, and quote reference W106596.

Image (C) RSPCA Cymru

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