The three, said to have been drunk when they committed the offence, have now been given community sentences at Bridlington Magistrates' Court.
Katya Mira, of the RSPCA said: "This was a senseless and sickening attack on some defenseless animals who have done nothing wrong.
"We hope the fact these people were brought to justice sends out a very strong message to others that violence and cruelty to animals is unacceptable and against the law."Gosh, yes! A 'community punishment'. Ah, if only that meant the community got a chance to come visit them while they spent time in the stocks...
So who are these fine upstanding members of the community?
Daniel Thomas Hall, 21, of Church Lane, Flamborough, Robert Lee, 18, of Lighthouse Road, Flamborough, and Daniel Alan Wood, 18, of the Dog and Duck in Flamborough, all pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal when they appeared at Bridlington Magistrates' Court.The 'Dog and Duck'..? You're kidding me!
But Daniel Wood's father, David Wood, landlord of the Dog and Duck, said it had been little more than a prank.
He said: "They had just been out drinking. It was just a stupid prank, it wasn't a big thing.
"Daniel is back at sea fishing. It's all behind him now."Really? Well, the locals and regulars can decide that, can't they?
And sea fishing is a dangerous business in winter....