A man's been sentenced for killing a seagull which had attempted to steal his chips on a day out in Weston Super Mare.
64 year old John Llewellyn Jones from Bishopston Road in Cardiff has been given a 12 week curfew and fined hundreds of pounds following the incident in July.
He was given the sentence in a hearing at North Somerset Magistrates Court yesterday (Tuesday 12th March 2019).
The RSPCA's welcomed the conviction, describing the act as 'unthinkable and despicable'.
Simon Evans, RSPCA inspector, said:
"This was an unthinkable and despicable way to treat an animal - with this gull smashed against a wall by the man, solely because it knocked chips from his hand.
"This was deliberate cruelty, borne from the fact that this man cared more for his chips than what his actions did to the poor gull. Simply, the man showed blatant disregard for an animal because he was annoyed about his chips.
"Witnesses saw the attack - and shocked by-standers, including children, had to look on as the man killed the gull."