March 2, 2011
'Incensed' Terry Pratchett increases swan killer reward to £26,080
Sir Terry Pratchett has increased the reward to catch the killer
of 31 swans near Burnham-On-Sea to £26,080.
Supporters of Secret World Wildlife Rescue originally provided
£16,080 as a reward to find the culprit.
On Wednesday, the reward was further increased by £10,000
when fantasy writer Sir Terry Pratchett (pictured) said he was
"incensed" at the deaths after a further ten swans were
found shot with an airgun near Wedmore, bringing the total to
Sir Terry, author of the Discworld novels, added: "It's
wanton destruction of a living creature. People who do this sort
of thing to an animal are probably a danger to people as well."
"I don't think the punishment will fit the crime. For some
idiot to fire an airgun for fun - I was just incensed. I've seen
the sanctuary, I've lived in Somerset and I know the area."
World described finding the first eight shot birds on 22nd February
as "one of the worst incidents" it had ever dealt with.
The birds had been shot in the head with airgun pellets. One
of the swans which survived an earlier attack is still recovering
at Secret World's centre in East Huntspill.
Secret World said contributions to the reward, leading to the
conviction of those responsible, were coming in from all over
the country. There have been three donations each of £5,000
from anonymous donors, £10,000 from Mr Pratchett and £1,080
from the general public.
The police are assisting the RSPCA investigation and said extra
patrols were being carried out by their neighbourhood team.