In one latest incident, a crew of medics serving to a wounded seal had been welcomed with a volley of verbal abuse towards them in Northumberland. The crew had been known as out to assist the animal which had been injured by an uncontrolled canine in Druridge Bay, once they had been abused by the identical individuals who had earlier been abusing the seal.
According to the charity British Divers Marine Life Rescue, BDMLR, the incident in Northumberland is one in all a rising variety of such instances.
Reports of animal cruelty towards seals had been additionally reported to the charity in Essex, Norfolk, Kent and Yorkshire.
Over the Easter interval, 5 incidents of seal abuse had been reported to the charity on Good Friday alone, all of which had been earlier than lunchtime.
During the spring interval, juvenile pups, usually separated from their dad and mom for the primary time mellow on the seashores of the UK as they relaxation, socialise and digest.
Often smaller than the grownup seals, the youthful pups are unable to defend themselves, possibly sick or injured, and are nonetheless subjected to abuse by individuals who discover them.
Reports from Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex declare younger individuals had been seen throwing stones at a younger seal on the seaside.
A publish on the BDMLR Facebook web page mentioned instances throughout the nation included seals being repeatedly kicked and chased into the ocean by each canines and individuals all alongside the east coast of England as much as Northumberland.
One responder on Facebook mentioned that they had witnessed a canine assault a seal at Low Hauxley seaside, with the proprietor unable to get management of their pet.
Fortunately, the seal managed to flee into the ocean.
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Dan Jarvis, director of welfare and conservation at BDMLR, mentioned: “It’s hard to say why some people think it is OK to stone seals, drag them around by their flippers or intentionally set their dogs on them.
“Clearly they do not care about the welfare of the animal and only what they can get out of doing such cruel actions.
“Some of those seal pups have really already been weak, sick or injured and have been much less capable of defend themselves or escape again into the ocean, which makes these assaults doubly harrowing to listen to about and take care of for our crew.”
In Britain, seals are protected through the Conservation of Seals Act 1970.
However, seals are still culled in Britain with several hundred seals killed in Scotland by the owners of fish farms in order to protect their stocks.
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While a license is needed to cull seals in the UK it has been noted seals can be culled all year round (including during the breeding season) and it has been claimed unregulated and unverified nature of seal culling in the UK means the true number of seals killed could be much higher.
Despite numbers dropping to only 500 in the early 20th century, it’s estimated there are now more than 120,000 grey seals in Britain, representing 40 percent of the world’s population and 95 percent of the European population.
Grey seals usually come ashore to breed from late September until December.
They prefer barren uninhabited islands and often go back to the same beach each year to breed.
They give birth to a single pup of about 14kg, which the mother sniffs to learn its scent.
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Pups are suckled five or six times a day for 16 – 18 days, more than doubling and their weight by the time they are weaned and have moulted their white fur.
Once adult, the seals can live for around 20 to 30 years, travelling around 100 miles in search of food and safe places to rest.
The BDMLR encourages anyone who witnesses attacks on seals or other wildlife to report them to the Police on 999 in an emergency or otherwise on the non-emergency number 101.