PETA Offers Gbp 1,000 To Help Nab Seagulls’ Shooter

Martin Mallon +44 (0)207 357 9229, ext 224; [email protected]

Scarborough, North Yorkshire – Rescuers are searching for two seagulls who were shot through the head with bolts from a crossbow in the seaside resort of Scarborough. Both birds have been spotted flying in the area over the last month despite being impaled with the bolts.

PETA is offering a reward of up to £1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for these vicious attacks.

“Animal abusers are cowards”, says PETA spokesperson Suzanne Barnard. “They take their issues out on the most defenceless beings available to them.”

Scarborough residents have good reason to be concerned about animal abuse cases such as this. History shows that rapists and murderers often have backgrounds which include incidents involving cruelty to animals. Child-killers Mary Bell, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables as well as murderers Ian Huntley, Thomas Hamilton (Dunblane massacre), Fred West, Denis Nilsen, Ian Brady and Jeffrey Dahmer all started out by deliberately harming animals.

PETA is urging residents to keep a watchful eye on their animals and to keep them indoors. Because animals cannot report their own abuse and can do little to fight back, they are the perfect “practice” victims for those who tend towards violence.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call PETA on 020 7357 9229. For more information about the link between cruelty to animals and violence towards humans or to find free humane-education resources, please visit