Go to the Defra website and you will find a map of poisoning incidents in England and Wales over the last five years.
Environment Minister Richard Benyon said:
“I am appalled that these crimes continue to be committed and I am determined to stamp them out.
“Those responsible have no consideration for what they are killing or the impact their activities are having on wildlife and the wider environment.
“I want people to be alert to this problem and report their suspicions to the police. It is about time we put an end to this cruel and barbaric crime.”
The majority of poisonings were carried out using Carbofuran, or aldicarb, which are illegal to possess in the UK and are potentially dangerous to humans.
Members of the public are warned not to touch any suspected poisoned animals or baits and to report them to their local police by calling 101.
Bob Elliot, the RSPB’s head of investigations, said:
“These maps are welcome as they illustrate the problem that our birds of prey face. We need to remember, however, that these dots represent the tip of a much bigger iceberg as these criminal offences are often discovered by pure chance.
“These aren’t just points on a map. Each dot represents a crime where a bird of prey has been killed in a calculated way. Birds of prey have suffered centuries of persecution, and these maps prove those attitudes still prevail today. We will continue to work in partnership to ensure that we all bear down on these unacceptable crimes.”
Glynn Evans, head of game and gamekeeping at the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) said:
“The use of illegal poisons to kill birds of prey has no place in modern land and wildlife management. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation welcomes the publication of these incident maps which will be valuable tools in combating those who persist with this unacceptable practice.”
Wales’ Environment Minister, John Griffiths, said:
“I welcome the publication of these maps, which show the extent of this problem and focus attention on the illegal poisoning of birds of prey.
“The Welsh Government is working with a number of organisations to send the message loud and clear that the illegal poisoning of wildlife is not acceptable and the law will be enforced.”
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