Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Animal poisoning: Drop in deliberate cases

Birds of prey, pet dogs, and wild animals were among the victims of deliberate or accidental poisonings in Scotland last year.
Figures from Scottish government show birds of prey remain most at risk.
Deliberate poisoning resulted in the deaths of a golden eagle, two peregrine falcons, two sparrowhawks, four red kites and seven buzzards.
But the report says the number of confirmed cases of intentional poisoning has fallen by 50% since 2010.
The newly published statistics show that in 2010 there were 32 confirmed abuse instances. This dropped to 16 in 2011.
There has been a small increase in the total number of cases that required investigation, from 233 in 2010 to 237 in 2011.
There were also a number of accidental poisonings including a dog who died after exposure to a substance used to control a rat infestation, a dog who swallowed a slug pellet and a cocker spaniel who ate poison after rooting around in rubbish while being walked in a rural area of Perthshire.

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