TN27 American Bird Conservancy comment on Carbofuran

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On March 29th I read a press-release by the American Bird Conservancy which I reposted here. The press-release was a strong response to the news that the Philadelphia-based FMC Corporation was “to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court over the continued use of their highly toxic pesticide Carbofuran (trade name Furadan)”. It went on to say that “ABC has fought for the total cancellation of Carbofuran based on its deadly impact to birds and other wildlife. A response from the Supreme Court on whether they will hear the case is expected by April 18.”

Carbofuran is a deadly toxin which kills in minute doses. Banned in Canada and the EU, it is being widely used in East Africa to kill lions via baited carcasses: a recent estimate is that the African lion population has crashed from 200,000 to around 30,000 in recent years and Carbofuran is behind many of the deaths. Allowing its entry back into the American market in any form whatsoever (even as residues on imported foods) seems nonsensical. The decision rests with the reportedly “pro-business” US Supreme Court… incidentally, in February this year FMC Corporation authorized $250 Million of Share Repurchases and increased its Quarterly Dividend by 20 Percent.

I contacted ABC on Thursday 31st (March 2011) to ask for a short comment on Carbofuran and FMC Corporation and spoke to Dr Michael Fry, ABC’s Head of Conservation Advocacy…

 


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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

4 Comments

  1. Lloyd says:

    WASHINGTON DC May 12 2009 ENS – Traces of the pesticide carbofuran can no longer remain on food sold in the United States whether domestic or imported the U.S. SEATTLE Washington April 22 2009 ENS – Three pesticides – carbaryl carbofuran and methomyl – jeopardize the existence of protected salmon and steelhead the National Marine Fisheries Service said in a formal biological opinion released Monday….

  2. Charlie Moores says:

    Thanks Lloyd. This stuff is pure poison. I’m trying to get together a longer intervew on the impact Carbofuran is having on Africa’s lions – it’s cutting through them like the proverbial knife through butter. And while FMC can rightly say they can’t control what people do with ther product, isn’t about time massive comapnies like this took some responsibility?

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