Irish government finally bans poisons used to kill raptors

This 3 yr old sea eagle was poisoned in Ireland earlier this year

New regulations came into force in the Irish Republic yesterday, finally banning the use of all poisons for pest control, apart from those used for rats and mice.

This has been a long time coming, and full credit should be given to The Golden Eagle Trust, who have long campaigned for this ban as they try to re-introduce the golden eagle, white-tailed eagle and red kite to their former ranges across the country.

Whilst the ban will not stop poisoning incidents (look at the continued number of poisoning incidents in Scotland and England where the ban has been in force for several years), it does send a clear message from the Irish government that they wish to address the issue of illegal raptor persecution. Kudos to them for taking this important step.

At least 12 re-introduced raptors have been killed by poison in Ireland this year alone, including golden eagles, sea eagles and red kites. Both the Scottish and Norwegian governments, who licence the capture of eagles in their countries for release in Ireland, have expressed grave concern at the poisonings, and failure to tackle the problem could result in the governments withdrawing their co-operation. This is quite a laughable position for the Scottish government to take, given their complete inability to effectively address raptor persecution in this country. So far, at least. They do have a chance to make significant improvements with the forthcoming WaNE bill, but the bill is still only in Stage 1 of the legislation process so there’s a long way to go yet.

A side-benefit of the new Irish legislation may be in reducing the amount of illegal poison that arrives in Scotland each year, believed to be smuggled in from Ireland where, prior to the new legislation, poison could be bought legally. Clearly it will take some time for all the poison currently in circulation in Ireland to be disposed of, but the long-term view is optimistic.

For the news story click here: http://www.independent.ie/national-news/ban-for-poison-used-to-kill-birds-of-prey-2383731.html

The Golden Eagle Trust website here: http://www.goldeneagle.ie/

1 Response to “Irish government finally bans poisons used to kill raptors”

  1. 1 Dave Dick
    October 19, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Not before time…

    I hope that this includes a ban on alphachloralose – often claimed in Scotland to be used as a rat poison by raptor killers when caught in possession [it is an ineffective rat poison with distinct dangers of secondary poison from half stupefied rats]. It is/was? a legal mouse poison at 4% strength…?

    As much of the UKs illegal stock of alpha was imported from Eire for many years – confirmed by journalistic investigation and at least one scottish court case – the status of that poison must be made clear asap…

    Would agree with the webmaster here…scotland’s government would have a cheek taking another country to task over their wildlife poisoning record.

    Weve had the laws over here since 1912 [!!] but because of the failure of our justice system to deal with this problem, it continues relatively unabated.I would hope that Eire with its different landowning/shooting/social structure might do better at getting justice.

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