40 dead pigeons dumped in the sea
The bodies of about 40 dead pigeons have been found dumped in the sea today (August 9) by the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information and paying for a post mortem to be carried out after finding the dead birds floating in the water at in Peterhead, Scotland.
The birds appear to have been killed elsewhere and transported to the sea in boxes before being dropped into the ocean, according to the Scottish SPCA.
Senior inspector, Scott Elphinstone, fears the incident could also pollute the water and, depending on how the birds were killed, affect fish populations.
He said: "There were bags and boxes reported to be floating nearby which suggests that the birds may have been dumped in the water.
"Disposing of animals in this manner is not only inappropriate but it also poses an environmental risk in terms of pollution, particularly as we do not yet know the means by which these animals were killed.
"I have arranged for three of the birds to be examined post mortem, so we should have a clearer idea of what happened to them within the week."
Mr Elphinstone said he had informed the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) about the incident and urged anyone with information to call thier animal helpline on 03000 999 999.