In the middle of a busy small city, a seagull was trying to make a meal of a still-living pigeon. We couldn’t stand to watch it, and, rightly or wrongly, we shooed off the seagull and stood watch to make sure it didn’t come back to finish off the pigeon. After an initial stagger around, the pigeon steadied and walked over to a shop doorway, seemingly not too badly injured. Perhaps a spell of rest would see it recover. Along comes a young woman pushing a pram, with a boy of around 7 trailing along beside her. He kicked the injured pigeon. Maybe the horror on our faces made the mother even more vociferous in her chastisements. The boy quickly became tearful, and hopefully he will remember the incident and will never repeat it. What makes a child want to do something like that? The seagull was at least only trying to get a meal.