Opinion – Flash – Seagulls terrorise British holidaymakers – France 24 – John Gelmini

This article about seagulls, via Dr Alf, shows the public and the Government at their most stupid.
The seagulls who recently attacked and killed a pet dog were doing what their maker intended them to do which was protect their young.

Pet owners who comprise 10% of the population create dog and cat mess, which can cause blindness and which create mess in our streets and footpaths. The UK has 8 million dogs and 10 million cats which is far too many. As it is they are a troublesome and vociferous minority, which Governments are afraid to tax properly or confront and this needs to change and change quickly, even though huge numbers of people in the UK like animals more than they do people.

I can see a use for police dogs, dogs for the Army bomb squad, sheepdogs and dogs for the blind and for patrolling secure areas. Beyond that the voice of the 90% of the rest of us, who have to put up with their barking, howling, mess and occasional savagery, needs to be heard, followed by reduction of unnecessary pets.

The current litter laws and the inability of councils to manage their finances properly and maintain proper weekly refuse collection services is part of the problem created by marauding seagulls whilst the other is a failure to deal with inconsiderate members of the public creating litter and leaving uneaten fast food all over the place.

One or two examples need to be made by the courts of people who create litter and eat fish and chips/fast food in the street and on public transport.

Council Chief Executives responsible for services need to be personally surcharged and given a sentence of “unpaid work” by the courts for failing to keep the streets free of refuse and protect the public health. One or two of them need to be fired.

Seagulls are wild creatures and they will seek food where it happens to be just as their creator intended.

Dry up the supply by taking action in this way and the seagull problem will disappear.

John Gelmini

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