A “distressed” gull had to be euthanised after getting caught in a glue trap.
The Scottish SPCA launched an investigation after the bird was found by a local resident within their garden in Glasgow’s Braeside Street last Wednesday.
The gull was found covered in superglue and was unable to spread its wings.
Sian Robertson, Scottish SPCA inspector, said: “Every time the gull tried to free itself, it was unable to and became more and more distressed.
“There was also some blood on the gull’s body as the glue was ripping the bird’s feathers out with every movement.
“Sadly, as the injuries were so severe and removing the superglue would have caused the gull even more pain and suffering, the difficult decision was made to put the bird to sleep.”
Glue traps are still legal in the UK, however the Scottish SPCA does not support their use.
Those setting the traps are obliged to stop unnecessary suffering by checking them regularly, but there is no way of monitoring or enforcing this.
Inspector Robertson added: “It’s an inhumane method of pest control that has no place in modern society. We would support an outright ban on glue traps
“If anyone knows who this device might belong to, then we would urge them to phone our animal helpline immediately.
“Equally, if anyone spots an illegal trap, or a trap or snare they suspect is illegal, please don’t hesitate to contact us.”
If you have any information, call the Scottish SPCA’s confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.
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