The RSPCA is appealing for information after a swan’s nest and its six ready-to-hatch eggs were found smashed to pieces in Burton.
The charity was called to Friars Walk after a shocked local, who had been watching the swans over a period of several weeks, came across the scene of devastation on Saturday 5 May. So appalled by this brutal act, the member of public has offered a £50 reward for information leading to a conviction.
RSPCA Deputy Chief Inspector Laura Baker said: “I can’t imagine what would possess anyone to do such an evil thing.
“This was a mindless act of violence. The distressed parents had been caring for those eggs for weeks and they were close to hatching out into little cygnets. The caller is very shaken, having passed by the nest on a regular basis and watched as the swan couple started their new family.
“There are potentially some really serious offences here. Swans, their eggs and any active nests are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act. We really want to hear from anyone who might have seen something or knows anything about this awful incident, so please do call our appeal line on 0300 123 8018 if you can help.“
The penalty for destroying eggs and nests under the Wildlife and Countryside Act is an unlimited fine and up to six months in prison.
To report cruelty or an animal in distress please call the RSPCA emergency line on 0300 1234 999