BARBARIC; Butchered Seals Heads Nailed to Sanctuary's Sign

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Byline: SARAH STACK

SICK thugs butchered two seals and impaled their heads at a sanctuary in a shocking act of animal cruelty.

The discovery was made by staff at Dingle Wildlife and Seal Sanctuary in Co Kerry shortly before 9am yesterday.

Ally McMillan, animal manager, said the freshly cut heads had been nailed to a piece of wood, which was drilled to the sanctuary's sign.

Red paint was used to scrawl the words: "RIP Cull."

Ms McMillan said: "I wanted to be sick when I saw them. We were very worried because we have two seals here at the moment that are about ready to be released, but it wasn't them."

Gardai in the fishing port town removed the seal heads and signs as part of their investigation. It is feared they were targeted by people who want the sanctuary to close and who believe seals are destroying the local fishing waters.

Dingle Bay is also famous for its eco tours and cruises to spot seals, whales and the country's most famous dolphin, Fungie.

The two dead common harbour seals are believed to be about six months old. The alarm was raised by a man from the area passing the site.

Ms McMillan believes the seals were shot, but and said she is not opposed to the culling of seals, when carried out humanly. …