Following a number of reports of dead ducks and pigeons found around Canterbury, Kent Wildlife Trust have shared their disgust.
Over the past week there have been several cases of dead ducks and pigeons that have been discovered in Canterbury.
We would urge anyone with information on this matter to urgently contact Kent Police on 101 and help us nip this issue in the bud as quickly as possible. Our @WestgateParks officer, Sadie Williams, and our enforcement officers who patrol the area will be monitoring the situation. pic.twitter.com/RyfERCaKcg
— Canterbury City Council (@canterburycc) April 26, 2019
A recent post on the Canterbury Residents Facebook Group stated that a dead duck had been found on The River Stour in Westgate Gardens (see below), and a pigeon had been found the same day near the Barton Mill Bridge.
Ed Charles from Kent Wildlife Trust is ‘saddened’ by the situation and believes humans should know better.
He said: “Kent Wildlife Trust is appalled and saddened to hear about the death of the ducklings.
“It is a sad reflection of our times that these birds, particularly juveniles, which give so much pleasure to individuals and families alike, have been treated in such a brutal fashion.
“This is the worst of all examples of the contempt and disregard with which our wildlife and nature as a whole is now held.
“All too often it is our wildlife that pays the heaviest price for the actions of a species – humans – that should better know how to behave and that should respect the other living things we share the planet with.
“We are glad to hear that the council is looking at this and that people are encouraged to report anything they know to the police.”
Kent Police said they received an additional report at 6.24pm on Monday, May 6 that “recently a number of ducks had been found dead”.
They are urging that anyone with information on the incident contact them at 01843 222289 quoting reference 06-1412.
*Featured Image Courtesy of Canterbury City Council