We have been talking mostly about the misuse of carbofuran in Africa and we sometimes feel despondent at the hopelessness of the situation facing lions, hyenas, vultures and other animals not to mention African farmers and consumers. In Africa carbofuran is easily available over the counter, it is very cheap and is an extremely effective at killing pests.
Well it’s not that easy to get your hands on carbofuran in UK and USA but the fact that it’s such an effective killer motivates some people to misused it there also.
Here is a list of the most recent incidents
Eric Laney Bryant, 45, of Raymondville, who operated a hunting guide service, injected the registered restricted-use pesticide Carbofuran into deer meat and placed the poisoned bait on his property in January 2009 in an effort to kill coyotes.
The Missouri Department of Conservation found three dead domestic dogs, several dead coyotes, a dead gray fox, a dead skunk, a dead red-tailed hawk and three dead American crows on his property.
He was found guilty and was ordered to pay a $500 fine after pleading guilty to all three counts of poisoning wildlife in Texas County.
Oct 21: The body of the female Red Kite was found by a member of the public in woodland in Lindley Green near Otley.
A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said the bird initially survived after being shot but died as a result of poisoning with carbofuran which has been banned in the UK since 2001.
Pc Gareth Jones said: “This case demonstrates bird of prey persecution in North Yorkshire is still occurring.”
On September 13th a cat killer used carbofuran to poison a teenager’s pets. The SSPCA is urging pet owners not to approach anyone they suspect of poisoning animals. Anyone with information should contact the SSPCA’s animal helpline on 03000 999 999.
We hope that all the culprits are brought to book and that the ban on carbofuran can go beyond USA ures and to the heart of the operation – the production of this deadly poison should be stopped.