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Buzzard found poisoned in Ayrshire

buzzard 3The SSPCA is appealing for information following the discovery of a young dead buzzard in Ayrshire.

A member of the public found the bird on farmland between Maybole and Patna in April. Toxicology results indicate it had been poisoned with a lethal pesticide. The SSPCA believes this was the result of “a deliberate act”.

SSPCA press release here

 

 

 

 

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5 Responses to “Buzzard found poisoned in Ayrshire”


  1. August 17, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    I wonder if the forensics can point to the source of the chemicals used? Could they have come from an Irish source?
    Pheasant shooting, not grouse in this case.

    • 2 Marco McGinty
      August 18, 2016 at 1:53 am

      “I wonder if the forensics can point to the source of the chemicals used?”

      This page certainly suggests that it can be done.
      http://cen.acs.org/articles/90/i6/Tracing-Threat.html (archived here http://archive.is/XoH2X)

      So, you would have to ask whether Police Scotland would be interested in in using such forensic methods to secure a prosecution. And you don’t have to look too far back in time to realise that they are prepared to do so, albeit not chemical related in this instance.
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-37044223 (archive here http://archive.is/LLbEB)

      Last year, I mentioned that forensic experts were now able to get fingerprint details from feathers, which would be another valuable tool in the fight against wildlife crime.

      Where there’s a will, there’s a way, as the saying goes, so it’s now up to Police Scotland to use all of these available means if they are determined to stamp out such illegal activity.

      I won’t hold my breath, though.

  2. August 17, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    One day these people will be caught, and I hope with all my heart that the authorities come down very very hard on them. otherwise its pointless even protecting such birds. Kill them all if we cant look after them.

  3. 4 chris lock
    August 17, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Seems never ending, the people are not dealt with hard enough when they are prosecuted if they are prosecuted at all.

  4. 5 kevin b
    August 17, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Well done SSPCA for going public with this. Transparency and honesty.


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