Birds dying in New Zealand due to trend of attaching Christmas decorations to them
New Zealand’s SPCA has reported a rising number of cases of birds being injured and dying due to having tinsel and other Christmas decorations attached to their necks and wings.
The SPCA has received about 30 calls about sighting of birds with trinkets tied to them over the Christmas and New Year period around Wellington.
Since 2015 they have dealt with 30 cases of birds found dead or with injuries so severe they had to be euthanased.
“They were multiple sightings of a dozen birds that are still mobile and flying around the Kilbirnie area that we are unable to reach,” a SPCA spokesperson told the ABC.
“Often the birds that come to us are dead due to the extent of their injuries.
“Many try to pry the foreign objects off their bodies with their beaks and feet, becoming further entangled and preventing them from eating, drinking and flying.
“With others, the decorations are wrapped so tightly it completely cuts off their blood circulation.
“Those that do survive and arrive at our centre are often in a very bad state, and are so malnourished and distressed that we have had to humanely euthanise them.”
The SPCA Wellington has appealed to the public to come forward with any information about these “cases of cruelty”, as they seek out those responsible.
The group rescued seven “decorated” pigeons from a property in Kilbirnie on Tuesday.