Gull attacks: David Cameron wants 'big conversation'
The Prime Minister wants the country to engage in a "big conversation" about gulls following recent attacks.
David Cameron said it was a "dangerous" issue for a prime minister "to dive into" but he wanted action.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) said it recognised gulls were a nuisance but warned against any "knee-jerk reactions".
Speaking on a visit to Cornwall, Mr Cameron said: "I think a big conversation needs to happen about this and, frankly, I think the people we need to listen to are people who really understand this issue in Cornwall and the potential effect it is having."
It is illegal to injure or kill any species of gull or damage or destroy an active nest or its contents.
Gulls killed Yorkshire terrier Roo in Newquay last week and in May a Chihuahua puppy was killed in Honiton, Devon, according to a local newspaper.
The birds also swooped on tortoise Stig who died two days later from his injuries, according to his owner Jan Byrne, 43, from Liskeard.
A spokesman for the RSPB said the number of herring gulls had declined by more than half over the past 30 years.
He said: "We feel a long-term solution is to try and find a way of encouraging these birds to areas where they nest naturally and where they can be celebrated and not regarded as a nuisance."
The RSPB said any "big conversation" should involve local authorities, the public, the government and conservation groups.