Four seagulls were killed and another seriously injured after being run over this weekend.
According to reports, eyewitnesses claim the incident was intentional, saying they saw the driver 'put his foot down' and drive towards the animals with 'the intention of running them over'.
An image of the birds was shared on Facebook, with a caption claiming that the perpetrator put food in the road to lure the birds, before deliberately hurting them.
A woman told local outlet North Wales Live: "I didn't see what happened but I spoke to people who did.
"A witness said they saw a grey car being driven by a young man with a passenger in the front seat. Apparently the driver put his foot down when he saw the seagulls and deliberately ran them over.
"The injuries those birds had were traumatic as their eyes were bulging and the wing of the seagull that survived was hanging off. It's disgraceful, there is no need for it at all."
North Wales Police posted a Facebook status saying: "We are aware of the horrific incident in Llewelyn Road Llandudno in which a number of seagulls were killed after reportedly being hit by a vehicle.
"The RSPCA, which has investigative and prosecution powers has been informed and is looking into the matter."
The RSPCA released a statement about the incident saying: "It must have been very distressing to make such an upsetting discovery or witness this incident.
"Gulls and their nests are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and it is illegal to intentionally kill, take or injure wild birds. Any action or deterrence can only be taken against them under license and we would always urge people to use non-lethal solutions.
"If anyone has any information about this incident, please report this to us on 0300 1234 999."
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are prepared in the author's capacity and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Plant Based News itself.Reuse this content
Maria is the Editor of Plant Based News. A former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers. She was previously the editor of Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. You can follow her on Twitter @MariaChiorando and Instagram @mariachiorando.
Since you're here...
Plant Based News is a FREE service that receives millions of views each week. This takes a lot of our personal time, money and hard work. But we do it because we KNOW it makes a difference. If those following our reporting helped by contributing, we could do even more. Please consider supporting us so we can create further awareness about animal rights, environmentalism, ethical consumerism and the plant-based lifestyle. Not a false narrative - but information that empowers people to make better choices.