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Horrible News from Ireland - Seals' severed heads nailed to signs at Dingle sanctuary

Discussion in 'Wildlife & Nature Conservation' started by Stefka, 7 Jun 2012.

  1. Stefka

    Stefka Well-Known Member

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    Hix Wildlife Enthusiast and Lover of Islands Premium Member

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    That's just disgusting. The work of a very sick person.

    :eek:

    Hix
     
  3. Brum

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    I agree, that is absolutely vile!!!!!
    Who could physically do that to an animal? I'm not overly squeamish but the images did make my stomach turn a little. Truly horrendous!
    I hope they catch the b*stards and string them up! :mad:

    (Anyone who thinks I'm over-reacting should check out the images.)
     
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    Awful. Just awful.:mad:
     
  5. Stefka

    Stefka Well-Known Member

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    More articles:
    Sick vandals mount heads of two seals on Dingle reserve - National News - Independent.ie
    Gardaí investigate after seals’ heads nailed to sanctuary gates in Dingle (pics) TheJournal.ie
    Severed seal heads nailed to Dingle sanctuary sign | BreakingNews.ie
    Severed Seal Heads Nailed To Dingle Wildlife And Seal Sanctuary (GRAPHIC PICTURES)

    And of course, everybody is trying to get involved.
    Animal rights groups (ARAN and Sea Shepherd Ireland) have offered rewards totalling up to €7,000 for information leading to the arrest or conviction of those responsible for the deaths of two seals in Kerry.

    Reading different forums and discussions, this might not be such a bad idea - it was suggested that given the location of the crime scene (next to the road) and the way it was done, somebody must have seen something.

    Also, this case might bring more attention to the very poor wildlife laws in Ireland.

    As for me, I am hoping they´ll get caught soon. And I sure hope, that their names and pictures will be all over the media.
     
  6. Kifaru Bwana

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    Vile and onerous crimes. I suspect a link to local fishing communities ... (given the plaques next to the heads). Old habits die hard(er) ... I am afraid. I would ask those: what was first the egg or the chicken. Yes, the seal .. before fishermen invaded our Seas and decided on emptying them of anything consumable and throwing what is not back into the deep waters ..

    Not just media attention, I wish for a swift persecution of the culprits, meaningful sentencing and rightfully upgrading of Ireland's admittedly lax wildlife protection legislation (to bring it into line with EC and Habitat Directives).
     
  7. Stefka

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    I agree with you, and the link to the fishing community is very obvious. I am, however, trying to keep an open mind - I can´t believe that any sane fisherman would think, that this is a good way to make a point. Right now, people are discussed and angry. If they wanted to make a case for seal cull by this, then they achieved the complete opposite.
    I really hope the media pressure won´t go away.
    (I was pleased to find out that BBC covered the story this morning. I hope more international media will pick up the story and point out to the wildlife crime problems in Ireland. The politicians must realize, that this is important.)
     
  8. gentle lemur

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    Appalling!

    Alan
     
  9. mazfc

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    I'm truly shocked by this sick act