Volunteers at the Sanctuary made the gruesome discover shortly after 9am this morning. The young seals’ decapitated heads had been mounted on boards and fixed to the sanctuary’s signage. Letters RIP and CULL were emblazoned across the boards in red paint.
Gardai investigating the incident told reporters that red paint was also used too daub the shape of a cross on the seals’ foreheads.
“I wanted to be sick when I saw them,” Ally McMillan, Animal Manager at the sanctuary, said. “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.”
The overriding suspicion is that the young common seals, thought to be about 6 months old, were targeted by people who oppose the sanctuary’s rehabilitation of wild seals, and who, with no scientific basis, believe seals are responsible for decimating local fish stocks.
Photo Credit: Ally McMillan, Dingle Wildlife & Seal Sanctuary