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Kitten dies from Carbofuran poisoning in Midlothian

Cat poisoned Midlothian Dec 2014 Bootes - CopyAn eight-month old kitten has died after ingesting the banned poison Carbofuran.

The cat, Bootes, was found alive but fitting by the owner of Edgelaw Farm Livery near Gorebridge, Midlothian. Bootes died shortly afterwards.

Toxicology results identified Carbofuran and the SSPCA is now warning the public that this highly toxic poison is in use in the area (even though it’s been banned for 14 years and even possessing it constitutes an offence).

Carbofuran is, of course, the gamekeepers’ ‘poison of choice’ – you only need a small amount, it’s fast acting and it’s deadly. It’s the most commonly-used poison in illegal raptor persecution cases in Scotland and has been for some years.

Nobody will be at all surprised to learn that pheasant shooting is popular in the area where Bootes was poisoned.

Full article on SSPCA website here

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18 Responses to “Kitten dies from Carbofuran poisoning in Midlothian”


  1. 1 Chris Roberts
    March 7, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Doesn’t look like the amnesty is working too well then? Nothing seriously well get done to curb these countryside killers until a child is poisoned, unfortunately.

  2. 2 Circus maxima
    March 7, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    My guess is that the cat wont have travelled far….I wonder if the police have worked that out.

  3. 4 crypticmirror
    March 7, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Only a matter of time until it is a child.
    In other news, the BBC is reporting a mysterious drop in Kestrel numbers in Scotland, I wonder if it could be related to poison baits scattered around. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-31763333 The closest that Auntie get to poisoning as the reason is to say they might be taking bait for rats.
    Also the Lords and Ladies are fine with video evidence in court if it is used to catch a peasant taking their lordship’s pheasants. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-31765850 Strange how attitudes to CCTV shift, isn’t it.

    • 5 Rural Rascal
      March 8, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      Note: Goshawk, Sparrowhawk and Buzzard numbers improving in Scotland within same BBC report

      • 6 Les Wallace
        March 9, 2015 at 12:16 pm

        Where in Scotland? Not on shooting estates I bet, would love to see a goshawk but will be sometime before they are present in reasonable numbers in Central Scotland when they should never have been exterminated in the first place.

        • March 9, 2015 at 12:55 pm

          Les, Rural Rascal’s statement is rather simplistic and highly mis-leading. Had he actually read the report, rather than relying on a BBC news summary, he would have understood that the results of this study show some increases in some areas, but these cannot be applied on a national scale (i.e. the whole of Scotland) because monitoring coverage is not unified across all areas and further validation work is required of the available data.

          Have a look at the report and you’ll see both increases and declines at local scales for a number of species:

          http://www.snh.org.uk/pdfs/publications/commissioned_reports/542.pdf

          • 8 Rural Rascal
            March 9, 2015 at 5:20 pm

            In that case the kestrel report should be dismissed and we should ignore all that is seen on BBC websites.

            As we all know, kestrels are unlikely to take any carrion and feed predominantly on voles. If kestrels have declined, how have vole populations faired over the same period?

            Goshawk, Sparrowhawk, buzzard and kestrel numbers are all improving here due to the abundance of voles, wandering pheasants and songbirds at the bird table.

            • 9 Andrew
              March 10, 2015 at 6:40 pm

              Kestrels may not generally feed on carrion although they will do at times.
              They will also feed on rodents dying from poisoning. Unlike carbofuran these poisons are fairly slow acting. Rodents dying from these poisons (Second Generation Anticoagulant Rodenticides) are slow and easy prey for birds of prey and owls.
              The Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme shows that ALL of the Kestrels they examined in 2011 were contaminated along with 94% of Red Kites. The proportion of Barn Owls contaminated reached its highest level in 2010: 91%! And we are not just talking about a restricted area. The analysed corpses were sent in by the public from across Britain. The question is what impact these sub-lethal doses are having. Tests show they cause lethargy which is not going to help active predators like kestrels and barn owls.

            • 10 Marco McGinty
              March 19, 2015 at 6:00 pm

              Well, yes, we should ignore much of the “information” provided by the BBC. They have clearly shown that they are a pro-establishment mouthpiece, and pro-union with a distinct anti-Scottish element. Their idea of impartiality, is to have a televised spectacle where regular attacks on Scotland are permitted, without having anyone to defend Scotland’s position.

              As an aside, the BBC Countryfile website has a page on the forthcoming Genereal Election, covering some of the key environmental issues, along with the policies of the main UK parties. It’s all fairly straightforward, you click on the party link to read their statements, yet one of the links does not work. I’ll allow the readers to guess which party link doesn’t work.
              http://www.countryfile.com/explore-countryside/people/vote-countryside-election-special

      • 11 Chris Roberts
        March 9, 2015 at 2:09 pm

        Buzzards are not increasing in numbers the western Cairngorms. Unless they are camouflaged or hiding!!

        • 12 P.
          March 9, 2015 at 5:04 pm

          Not just the western Cairngorms. Breeding Bird Survey data shows that the Buzzard population in Scotland peaked in 2002 following the rapid increase of the 1990s and has since declined by 20%. Yet people still talk about increasing buzzard numbers, 13 years later!

          • 13 Chris Roberts
            March 10, 2015 at 9:41 am

            Thanks for that info. I knew that they had decreased, but hadn’t realised it was as much as 20%. Wake up Scotland – or we will lose our reputation as a wildlife tourism destination. It now appears that southern England is the best place to see Buzzards and Red Kites – a complete turn around, all thanks to our countryside killers.

            • 14 Les Wallace
              March 10, 2015 at 12:03 pm

              Yes depressing thought that if red kites had been reintroduced Into the outskirts of Edinburgh or Glasgow instead of the Black Isle we would almost certainly have far more of them in Scotland now. Likewise fear reintroducing sea eagles to east anglia may have been safer bet than reintroducing them to east Scotland (mind you there is always Sandringham?). This must have crossed a lot of peoples’ minds.

  4. 15 Les Wallace
    March 7, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Yeah see what you mean wonder if the SGA, SLE etc will say no this is unfair we caught him with one of those CCTV thingies we better let him go? Disgusting double standards, but at least when they whinge next time about ‘underhand’ methods used to catch one of their thugs we can remind them of this.

    • 16 nirofo
      March 8, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      It doesn’t matter what evidence is presented to the court, (if it’s ever allowed to get to court in the first place that is), it all depends on whether they have a tame sheriff or judge presiding over the case if it’s going to be deemed admissible or not.

      It’s already been said that its only a matter of time before a child or even an adult is killed by the indiscriminate use of these illegal poisons; you can bet your life that the police and the courts, not to mention the general public will take a damn sight more notice of these criminal gamekeepers then.

  5. 17 Jimmy
    March 8, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Carbofuran has been banned for a good while yet still seems to be widely used by the wildlife criminals. Obviously coming into the country some way. Would customs not have a role here in tracing addresses of people who order it from abroad??

    • 18 Dougie
      March 9, 2015 at 1:24 pm

      Probably an abundant concealed supply available in the UK and any sent from abroad will likely be disguised as something else. Cannot see customs finding much of anything.


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