Warning: This post contains distressing images of animal cruelty.
Sad news from Shadwell Basin. One of the cygnets has been found dead. To be precise it has been found with fishing line wrapped around its neck.
So it might be more accurate to say that one of the cygnets has been killed.
Those who live near Shadwell Basin will not need telling that the recent hot weather has brought a small army of people to the Basin.
Most are probably well behaved and just looking for somewhere nice to relax. I visited early this evening and there were people just enjoying the evening sun and parents watching their children sailing.
But a significant number of people at Shadwell Basin are causing problems. Incidents Love Wapping is aware of include:
- Police called numerous times to reports of Anti Social Behaviour
- Fishermen shot at with BB pellet gun
- Drunken behaviour of every type you could imagine and some you couldn’t
- Drug taking
- Drug dealing
And now a dead cygnet. Here’s the proof.
The red arrow indicates the fishing line that strangled the cygnet to death. Sickening, isn’t it?
Let me make it 100% clear that this lovely animal has not been killed by one of the many responsible fishermen who both enjoy the Basin and keep an eye on the wildlife.
These fishermen are actively working with Love Wapping to monitor and protect wildlife of all sorts. I know these guys personally and they brought this to my attention today.
The cygnet has been killed by one of the drunken idiots with fishing rods who don’t care about anything or anyone.
Or the cygnet has been killed by the same person who has been taking ducks with a rod and line.
Killing our ducks
Yes you read that correctly. Haven’t you noticed how few ducks there are around Wapping at the moment? Normally there are between 40 – 50 ducks at least between Shadwell and Hermitage. This evening I counted 12.
And it seems that the reason there are so few ducks is because someone is hooking them out of the water with a rod and line. At the end of the line is a noose.
Sorry if that thought upsets you. Love Wapping has been aware of various rumours for some while but wanted more evidence before bringing this despicable behaviour to the attention of our community.
To hear of the death of a cygnet by either a drunk or a callous poacher sickens me.
We can all help protect our wildlife and environment
We can all do something. Actively watch out for our wildlife and if you see anything suspicious ring 999 or 101 immediately. I know our local police led by Jak Bentley, the team at Limehouse and our very own Marine Unit have been called to the Basin numerous times and they are doing their best. Many thanks to all of the MPS officers.
But the police need our help.
Bottom line is that the current hot weather is highlighting the problem of Shadwell Basin. What should be a great place for people to enjoy is in danger of becoming a no-go zone for residents and ordinary people. If it is not already.
Love Wapping often jokes on Twitter about ‘Wapping Wildlife Rangers’ but there is a small team of us who work together to keep an eye out for the wildlife and report incidents such as the death of the cygnet.
But we can’t do it all ourselves. We need everyone to help, especially anyone who lives at the Basin and has a good view of what’s going on.
Our wildlife that we know and love is slowly being slaughtered. They can’t protect themselves from thugs. They need our help. So keep your eyes and ears open and notify the police using 999 or 101.