Poisoned buzzard & ravens – appeal for info comes three months later

A news item posted today on the RSPB website reveals that a buzzard and two ravens were found dead in Monmouthshire in July. Tests reveal they had been poisoned by the banned pesticide Carbofuran. Two dead pigeons were also found which had been laced with an un-named pesticide and the news report suggests these were put out as illegal poisoned bait. Last year, two dead peregrines, poisoned with Carbofuran, were found at the same site (see here).

The article reports that Gwent Police, the Welsh Government and the RSPB are appealing for information. The RSPB is reported to be offering a £1,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.

Three months after the incident? What’s the point? Why is it that media reports about wildlife crime, and particularly illegal raptor persecution incidents, are now consistently delayed for several months? What other areas of crime are reported this way? If my house was burgled in July and I waited for three months before I reported it to the police, what do you think the chances would be of catching the burglar? About the same as catching the raptor poisoners, I reckon.

Talking of delayed reports…why is it that the 2011 SASA poisoning report, which is supposed to be updated every quarter, has not been updated since March 2011? Are we to believe that raptors are no longer systematically poisoned in Scotland because none have been handed in for analysis for the last seven months? If anyone feels like doing a Freedom of Information Request, this would seem to be a good place to start (FoI on SASA website here).

News story about the poisoned buzzard & ravens on RSPB website here


8 Responses to “Poisoned buzzard & ravens – appeal for info comes three months later”

  1. 1 Nicholas Foster
    October 12, 2011 at 12:25 am

    I’m not allowed on this web site to say what everybody knows is really happening, xxx x xxx xxx xx xxxx xxx xxx xxx xxxx xxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx xxx xxxxx xxx xx xxxx xxxx xxxxxxx xxxxx xx [Edited] in fear of litigation !!! So, if we’re not allowed to say anything and the evidence is bottled up until all the hue and cry has died down, what chance do we have of ever putting a stop to the increasing carnage of our so-called legally protected Raptors.


  2. 3 Dougie
    October 12, 2011 at 10:52 am

    There is considerable delay in reporting most of these cases.
    However, in this instance the birds were found on 24 July and the BBC news article with the police appeal for witnesses was published on 30 July.

  3. 6 Nicholas Foster
    October 12, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    How childish your post editing has become.

    • October 12, 2011 at 3:51 pm

      Nicholas, if you want to keep posting comments here, you have to abide by the rules, just like everybody else. If you can’t/won’t do that, then we suggest you go elsewhere. You are risking this entire site by your persistent offensive/defamatory comments. If you continue to do this you will be banned. This is your final warning.

  4. 8 nirofo
    October 12, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    I take heed of your rules and assure you I have no wish to flout them, however I find the deletion of some of the comments I have made to be rather puzzling as they were not as far as I am aware either giving false conjecture, or were offensive/defamatory, in fact rather the contrary bearing in mind the type of Raptor persecution offences that are being perpetrated uncontrolled. If you feel you must censor then I would rather you delete the complete post rather than just a few words as it makes it meaningless otherwise.

    Please feel free to email me if you if you feel have some other problem with me that you cannot discuss here.

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