Barrow couple urge council to rethink seagull cull
Last updated at 10:08, Thursday, 12 September 2013
A HUSBAND-and-wife have sent letters to every councillor in Barrow begging them to oppose a seagull cull, ahead of a summit about the “aggressive” and “noisy” birds.
Norman Hill, 72, and Lorraine Hill, 64, of Mount Pleasant, are appealing for politicians to reject calls to kill the birds, believing it to be “totally inhumane”.
The retired couple say there are alternatives to a cull and are worried an e-petition and a Facebook campaign, Sick of Seagulls, is distorting public opinion.
They want the seagull summit, which is being hosted by John Woodcock MP tonight, to consider oiling eggs, pricking them and replacing eggs with fakes when a nest has more than one.
Mrs Hill said: “(Seagull critics) have spoken long and loud. They say they want a cull, that [the seagulls] are a nuisance, but it is not a viable solution to controlling the population.
“There shouldn’t be a knee-jerk response to the demands of the Facebook group. It makes common sense to explore the alternatives. It is totally inhumane to kill the town’s seagulls.’’
The Sick of Seagulls group has attracted more than 2,600 likes, with residents taking to the site to report dive-bombing gulls and “torturous” noise at night.
However, the Hills say human behaviour is largely to blame for the rise in the seagull population in the town.
Mrs Hill said: “The backstreets in the town centre have loads of black bin bags. For a seagull that is a free meal.’’
In July, a 23-year-old was cautioned by police for shooting town centre gulls. Mrs Hill said the decision not to charge the man was the “final straw” and sent the In Support of Seagulls letter to councillors as a result.
Representatives from Cumbria Wildlife Trust, BAE Systems and Natural England are attending the seagull summit in The Forum, Barrow, from 6pm. The public are welcome to attend.
First published at 10:03, Thursday, 12 September 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Lets get to the fundamentals here. Rats, Rabbits, Crows, Seagulls, Foxes - whatever - when vermin species get out of hand they need to be controlled. End of, whatever the answer may be the fact remains the same. And lets be honest, there is an abundance of all aforementioned species so they aren't going to be extinct any time soon.
I personally don't have a problem with the seagulls, but I do understand that there are certain areas of Barrow where they are causing problems. Agree that ways need to be found to reduce numbers, but I am totally against a cull, that is just inhumane and unnecessary. Perhaps if the council hadn't given people tiny bins then the problem wouldn't be as bad as it is now.
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