“we've had enough of being bullied and blamed for what is a human problem” said a spokesbird for the gulls...
Okay so I've got your attention now but although the headline might be tongue in cheek, the message is deadly serious.
Peoples' intolerance of urban wildlife has reached such idiotic levels that gulls, (and any other creatures unfortunate enough to share a habitat with humans), are being vilified for the most ridiculous of reasons.
Ignorant residents of coastal towns and cities across the UK, are calling on their local councils to address what they describe as the 'problem' of gulls. Those complaining say that the birds are not only 'noisy and messy', but they also describe their encounters with the gulls as 'terrifying' ordeals, some even claiming that the birds are 'sadistic'.
Hysterical residents have reportedly been 'dive-bombed' when eating food and many are also whining about lack of sleep due to the 'constant screeching' of the menacing birds.
Hmm. Noisy, messy, sadistic, constant screeching.....all of this, one might suggest, could equally describe much of the human population.
Last year, in a poll for the Times newspaper, a mind-boggling four out of five people in the UK supported a cull to control the seagull 'nuisance'.
If the figures are accurate then it's a shameful reflection on the British public.
Such obnoxious attitudes are prevalent across the country wherever there are gulls - and it's not only gulls - pigeons too are also targets for irrational resentment.
A quick Google search reveals that unenlightened points of view are very widespread, gulls being frequently referred to as 'dangerous, filthy, nasty, aggressive and raucous'. Again one might say very human traits.
Look, people of Britain, it's not rocket science, if you don't like seagulls then don't live by the sea.
And if you don't care for dive-bombing birds then maybe try eating your fast-food indoors – or better still buy some for our feathered friends (there's nothing more rewarding than feeding birds, it's delightfully therapeutic, try it).
And perhaps think about disposing of your burger and crisp wrappers in a responsible manner so that gulls and pigeons don't have to pick up after you.
Why not celebrate the fact that you actually have wildlife, appreciate it and accommodate it.
In a world where urban wildlife is being lost at breakneck speed, it should be treasured, not despised.
In conclusion, if you don't want to be ridiculed then don't be ridiculous about our native urban wildlife.
Animals and birds are unbelievably tolerant of human beings, let's take a lesson from them and maybe, just maybe, one day we can learn to appreciate them and value them.
Before it's too late.
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