Animal poisonings (Scotland)

From http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2011/08/24100218 (24 Aug 11) – click link for full report

Birds of prey, wild mammals, livestock and pet dogs and cats were all found to be victims of accidental or deliberate poisonings as reflected in figures unveiled by Scotland’s Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme (WIIS) today.

A report by the Government’s Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) scientists outlines an increase in the number of cases investigated in 2010, some involving the incorrect storage and usage of approved pesticides, including:

  • A piglet which escaped from its enclosure and died after eating rodent baits left by the previous occupant of the farm
  • 22 abuse incidents involved birds of prey including 13 buzzards, seven red kites and four golden eagles
  • Illness of a working dog following exposure to sheep-dip chemicals
  • An unlabelled glass jar found on a farm containing cyanide, an illegal and potentially lethal substance

The illegal use of carbofuran (insecticide) accounted for more than half of all 32 abuse incidents with nine different pesticides detected in the remaining incidents. Incidents of bird of prey poisonings remained high at 69 per cent of all abuse cases, as reflected in previous years’ figures.

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Passionate about animal welfare and conservation, veggie and dairy-free, I live in the Wiltshire (UK) countryside. I birded the world for twenty years before quitting my airline job and am now freelance. I co-founded Birders Against Wildlife Crime and Birds Korea. Trustee of the League against Cruel Sports On Twitter @charliemoores

2 Comments

  1. Laurie Allan says:

    How many go unrecorded? Virtually ever poisoning ‘incident’ is deliberate, any others are ‘accidents’ which by their very nature are preventable – like litter, if nobody drops it then it does’nt exist……………..

  2. Charlie Moores says:

    Absolutely, Laurie – who knows how widespread this is. Carboruran is quite simply one of those chemicals which is so lethal in even tiny doses it should be banned outright. And there can never an excuse for using something like Carbofuran to poison raptors, dogs, or anything else…

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