Fines for feeding seagulls in Llandudno ‘could breach religious rights’

Fines for feeding seagulls 'could breach religious rights'
Fining people for feeding these rats-with-wings could be in breach of religious rights (Picture: Brian Lawless/PA Wire)

Bad news people. The seagulls just won again.

Councillors in the Welsh seaside town of Llandudno were discussing the issue of aggressive gulls when members were allegedly warned against doling out fines on the grounds that it would breach religious rights.

Responding to the idea that a financial penalty may work in a similar way to those issued to people who drop cigarette butts, the Conwy Council’s head of tourism Jim Jones tweeted: ‘We looked at the issue of fines, but were told it’s the right to feed birds within some religions!’

It is traditional for Ashkenazic Jews, those from eastern France, Germany and eastern Europe, to feed birds on the feast of Shabbat Shirah.

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There are a number of different theories as to how and why the custom began, including as a reward to birds for singing songs of praise to God, and a Biblical reference when birds ate manna which had been strewn across the fields.

There is a Hindu custom to feed birds during funerals as they are likened to the spirits of the dead, according to the book Encyclopaedia Of The Hindu World.

However, Conwy council distanced itself from the claims, noting that they were posted on Mr Jones’s private Twitter account.

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A spokeswoman said: ‘The council has never been advised of any aspect of feeding birds being related to religion.’

The news comes after two seagull attacks in Cornwall left a pet tortoise and a Yorkshire terrier dead.

Mr Cameron said there needs to be a conversation about aggressive birds and has previously spoken of his own hairy experience.

He said: ‘I haven’t felt particularly oppressed by seagulls. In my distant past I remember some seagulls taking the ham out of a sandwich. But I haven’t held that against the entire seagull population since.’

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22 July 2015 | 10:27 am – Source: metro.co.uk

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