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.