Charity addresses wildlife ‘crisis’ and avian flu in East Sussex

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Charity addresses wildlife ‘crisis’ and avian flu in East Sussex
Charity addresses wildlife ‘crisis’ and avian flu in East Sussex

The East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) stated tons of of birds have been struggling on account of the disaster.

Charity discovered Trevor Weeks MBE stated: “We are currently working with restrictions on gulls due to the case of avian influenza and any other potential virus that may currently target gulls.

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“It is still not clear if all gulls die from bird flu. We have some that the Animal Plant Health Agency (APHA) have deemed non-avian influenza.

East Sussex WRAS (Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service) founder Trevor Weeks MBE

“We are also legally restricted in what we can do in the Bexhill and Hasting area due to the 10km exclusion zone.

“The situation is in crisis in East Sussex right now and the birds are suffering as a result as people struggle to get help for injuries.”

Mr. Weeks MBE said people are giving up trying to help abandoned, sick, injured and orphaned gulls because it has become too difficult to get help.

The charity said that demand for nearby services has increased due to the closure of local rescue operations or reduced operating hours.

Mr Weeks MBE added: “We are all exhausted at the moment and the situation is on the brink of collapse.

“The organizations were already struggling every year.

“On a yearly basis, WRAS has expanded its facilities to help with adaptation.

“Wildlife rescue services in East Sussex are in a crisis phase and this is before bird flu started to cause problems, and now wildlife victims are suffering because the resources are far below what is needed.”

The charity said wildlife rescue services are often “underfunded and underappreciated”.

Mr Weeks MBE added: “There is a huge demand for our services and I am not surprised that many birds are now suffering as a result.

“We are getting call after call from people with sick and injured birds right now, and everyone including some veterinary centers – not just WRAS – is struggling to deal with it.

“The rumors and misinformation circulating around this has not helped.”

Mr. Weeks MBE said some vet practices reject euthanasia of birds because this must be done outside.

He said: “We have been confirmed by an APHA vet that it is acceptable to take suffering birds to the nearest vet for euthanasia rather than letting them suffer.

“Even the Royal College of Veterinary Medicine on its website states that veterinary surgeons need to bear in mind the provisions in the RCVS Manual of Professional Conduct that they must not unreasonably refuse to provide first aid and pain relief to any animal of the species treated by the practice during working hours. Ordinary” and “not unreasonably refuse to provide first aid and palliative care for all other species until such time as a more appropriate emergency veterinary service has accepted the responsibility of the animal.”

“Although we appreciate that some practices do not have suitable sites for euthanizing victims outside their premises, especially if it means doing so on the sidewalk in front of passing shoppers, they could at least recommend another practice that could do so.

“There are numerous who’ve a correct aspect or rear entrance and it may possibly at the least assist cease the struggling of a few of these birds – that are left to a horrible dying on account of being stored away.”

WRAS said it has more than 225 victims in care right now and annually deals with about 5,000 victims.

Mr. Weeks MBE added: “We’re caught between a rock and a tough place as if we introduced chicken flu into our middle and the mammals will possible be culled. On the similar time we do not need birds within the wild to undergo. This can be a no-win scenario.”

“WRAS has introduced additional personal protective equipment so that rescuers can safely return gull chicks to rooftops where possible. But there is currently no space left for gull chicks as well as sick and injured gulls with nowhere to go for treatment.

“WRAS staff and volunteers have been in tears because of this.

“We can hear the frustration of our callers and understand why so few callers are yelling at us, behaving so rudely and aggressively at times, even though we all feel frustrated with the situation and are working very hard to do all we can.

“We hate the truth that so many birds need to be killed proper now.”

This year, WRAS said it had absorbed more than three times the normal number of casualties from the Brighton and Hove area due to the shutdown of another rescue.

Mr Weeks MBE added, “We’re doing all the things we are able to to make up for the lack of services within the county as a lot as we are able to, however it all comes at a value, which is admittedly draining our cash.”

East Sussex WRAS plans to build a new trauma center in the heart of East Sussex.

The founder said: “We presently want an extra £150,000 to attain our first goal so we are able to buy the land and start the subsequent step of establishing a brand new centre.

“We finally intention to be one of many largest wildlife hospitals within the nation with veterinary science and compassion on the forefront of what we do.

“This facility will have proper isolation facilities so that there is no risk to the injured in care in times of crisis like this, and we will still be able to accept and ensure that the injured are treated without threatening to kill all of our victims.”

Subsequent donations can also be made to PO Field 2148, Seaford, BN25 9DE payable to “East Sussex WRAS”.

Weeks MBE stated the charity will not be in peril of closing.

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