If you didn’t already know, it’s illegal to kill one of Her Majesty’s swans. Why? Well, under a very old and ancient royal law, the graceful birds belong to the Crown. The birds are protected not only by The Queen, but also by the Wildlife and Countryside Act. Anyone that harms them may be prosecuted for criminal damage – you have been warned Culture Trippers.
So what’s happening to them? According to several reports, more than 12 of HM’s swans have been mysteriously killed deep in the lush green pits of the English countryside (it’s not as quaint as you think, ya know).
Two swans were fatally shot by ‘high-powered air rifles’ fitted with steel ball bearings the same size as marbles, some newspapers reported.
All of the birds were killed over a week ago and were left with broken necks and cracked beaks – some reportedly had even been battered to death.
Wendy Hermon from Swan Support told Angle News she has “no words” to describe the killings.
“I cannot understand what pleasure anyone could possibly get from shooting innocent swans. They are peaceful and beautiful birds and they trust people who feed them.”
“I am sure her Majesty will be horrified to hear that someone is taking pleasure out of shooting them,” Hermon said.
Since the killing began, Swan Report has released several photos detailing the suffering the swans have endured.
Police are still searching for the culprit responsible for the royal avicide. If caught, the person or persons could face a lengthy prison sentence.
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