Three poisoned buzzards found in Co Laois, Ireland

The National Parks and Wildlife Service in Ireland is appealing for information after the discovery of three poisoned buzzards.

The buzzards were discovered in a field in Cappakeel, Emo, County Laois over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Toxicology tests have revealed they’d been poisoned with Carbofuran.

Full details from the Leinster Express here


7 Responses to “Three poisoned buzzards found in Co Laois, Ireland”

  1. 1 Nigel Raby
    September 11, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    And it goes on and on!

    • 2 Nimby
      September 11, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      At the risk of abuse one wonders if prison sentences or fines should be replaced with a ‘taste of their own medicine’ approach?

      There comes a point when patience is lost (yes you guys on the ground reached that decades back) so it cannot be beyond the ‘wit of man’ as they say to work out how those few bad apples are sorted out by those who purport in the shooting fraternity to deplore such actions? I appreciate it would be unpopular and you shouldn’t judge all by the actions of a few, but clearly the many have failed to get the few in their house in order? One can assume the poisoned carcass was on land owned by someone? If vicarious liability were available and here’s the outrageous radical ‘starter for ten’ …. in parallel all shooting estates or farms (thinking of claims of lambs being killed) were then fined for this one’s failing as well as the actual landowner there’s an incentive to sort out illegal activity? I realise it’ll never happen as landowners have too much power.

      But, politicians have a duty to provide policies and legislation which upholds the law? Found by the public, so pets at risk, children?

    • 3 Marian
      September 11, 2016 at 5:25 pm

      Yes, Nigel .

      And to whom do we write to protest against this – and from whom will we receive an anodyne reply?

      This is never going to end because only we care – and no government ministers here do.

  2. 4 patricia gascoigne
    September 12, 2016 at 12:23 am

    but oh to have a world of these beautiful creatures in countryside untouched by human hands where no man can harm or kill…my dream of a peaceful world for them and us

  3. September 12, 2016 at 9:06 am

    This is just sickening. It just goes on and on with no-one in power caring at all!! We need more young people fascinated and caring about nature – so we can fill the gap in the future. It’s so sad and frustrating!!!

  4. 6 Tony Warburton MBE
    September 14, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Strikes me the Emerald Isle is fast putting in a big challenge to Scotland as the home of crass raptor killers? What ignorant morons these people are.

  5. 7 Jack Snipe
    September 25, 2016 at 4:14 am

    I’ve received the UK Government’s response to the petition against the licence to kill Buzzards at an un-named estate in NE England. It contains the following statements:

    “Buzzards are widespread in England and the issuing of control licences has no impact on their conservation status. This approach balances conservation of wildlife and supporting the rural economy.

    Buzzards are now widespread in England with, according to the British Trust for Ornithology, over 60,000 pairs in the UK. Issuing control licences has no impact on the conservation status of buzzards and this approach strikes a balance between conserving wildlife and supporting our rural economy.”

    This appears to me to be a very poor justification for a serious downgrading of the level of protection afforded to wild birds in general, and raptors in particular. It is heavily contrived, and while it may be true to say that the Buzzard’s UK conservation status would not be affected by ten birds being shot at one site in England, this is to ignore the spectrum of reasons why wild birds are protected. It would not affect the conservation status of Robins if people were allowed to shoot them with airguns in their garden, so does that mean the Robin should not be afforded statutory protection from persecution? Or Blackbirds, Willow Warblers or any other species? The UK Government is clearly missing the point. Did the BTO not also emphasize the serious downwards trend in the Buzzard population during the past decade?

    This is an outrage, and if we don’t determinedly continue to fight against raptor persecution, where will it end? I know for a fact that there is a considerable body of opinion within the hunting and shooting community, to significantly relax the legislation which protects birds of prey. It’s there all around us if we care to see it, from the Defra Hen Harrier “Action Plan” which sets out a target of a very low density to be maintained on English grouse moors (the so-called “brood management” scheme), to the licenced control of ten Buzzards setting a very dangerous legal precedent.

    The idea that allowing ten Buzzards to be killed on one estate “balances conservation of wildlife and supporting the rural economy” is unsustainable, the statement itself being fundamentally flawed. However the next logical step is to extend the licence to all pheasant shooting estates in the country, were it not for the fact that the presence of Buzzards has NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT on the rural economy at all. Certainly not in terms of pheasant shooting, or in any other way imaginable. It is vitally urgent that we get this argument across. Predation of young pheasants by Buzzards is a natural loss, the numbers involved being of very low significance, and can be easily counterbalanced by pretty minimal investment. There is simply no economic case for controlling Buzzards, and the efforts gone to by gamekeepers and the shooting businesses to convince society otherwise is merely a ploy, a distraction from reality to exercise power and control over the environment which they regard as being in their private ownership. In a sense their actions are purely political, and to suggest otherwise is, in my opinion, to be in denial or just simply naive.

    I’m going to finish off yet again by stating my honest opinion that the RSPB is being complacent in not taking more serious action to protect our wild birds. It seems such an enormously wasted opportunity to have one million members and not use that clout to any great effect. I believe that their excuses for not being more pro-active in defending wildlife in the UK are feeble, and that the problem is one of conservatism that tends to affect the higher echelons of such organisations. From the perspective of those of us who want to see some positive action taking place, the RSPB over the past 50 years has lost direction and is more preoccupied with membership recruitment, marketing and not enough meaningful research towards ethical and useful conservation measures. Even their educational strategy when examined closely is out of touch with modern ecology and nature conservation. That is not to say they don’t do a lot of good work, much of which goes unrecognised, but it’s time to grasp the nettle. For a start they could stop mimicking gamekeepers and give up persecution of foxes and crows on their own reserves.

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