A big bouquet now for the councils of Poole and Bournemouth here in the UK, who have stated that they will not impose a ban on the feeding of gulls, thereby flying in the face of new regulations that were implemented by West Dorset district council last week.
Spokespeople for the two coastal towns said that they have ‘no plans to ban people from feeding gulls’ in spite of new byelaws which came into force in other areas of Dorset.
It seems that our campaign to allow people the freedom to feed wild birds, without fear of being fined, is making waves especially around the coast where an irrational intolerance towards gulls has been spreading in recent years.
This news is very encouraging and should send a message to other councils that feeding birds is not a crime and should not be punished.
Two other Dorset resorts, Lyme Regis and West Bay will be rolling out the ban which is likely to see innocent people being fined £100 for their compassion towards wildlife. Perhaps we should boycott these two small-minded places and instead head for the much more tolerant and friendly towns of Bournemouth and Poole both of which should be commended for their level-headed and rational response to the matter. Though signs are present in parts of Bournemouth advising people to refrain from feeding gulls where not appropriate, their measured approach does not include handing out fines and turning this pleasurable pastime into a crime.
A timely reminder to those living in areas where silly bans are being rolled out – it is NOT against the law to feed wild birds.
Although councils have the power to implement local byelaws for offences such as 'anti social behaviour', any fine received that is considered unfair can be challenged - please see my Feed The Birds section for more information.
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