Scumbag yanks swan by the neck in Dublin park
Members of the public were left in shock when a thug yanked a swan out of the water, in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, by its neck.
Brenda Malloy told RTE's Liveline said that she saw the man assault and pull the bird by its neck
"The man was in an altercation with a swan. He was waving his arms in the air and the swan was pecking at him. His son was right next to him in a buggy," Ms Malloy told Joe Duffy.
"He was pulling pretty hard. At first I said 'don't do that' but he didn't hear me. So I pulled out my camera and took the photographs.
"It's not nice for the son to see and it was dangerous.
"The swan was very aggressive. I think people should understand we're lucky to have Phoenix Park and people should be respectful of the wildlife and the park."
Niall Hatcher from BirdWatch Ireland told Liveline that the image was "very disturbing".
"It looks like the man is trying to pull the swan out of the water. It's very unsetlling. Swans can be quite aggressive and that's understandable if they're trying to defend their eggs or chicks. It's worrying the treatment of the animal. It's illegal to injure a wild animal or interfere with it.
"It's nesting season so they're incubating their eggs and unfortunately we had quite a few reports of people harassing swans and killing them. They are quite vulnerable. They hold their ground and can knock someone to the ground, especially a young child."
Mr Hatcher said that people can be prosecuted under the Wildlife Act of 1976 for assaulting wildlife.