Mystery poisoners blamed for killing birds of prey in Tyrone

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The poisoning of two protected birds of prey in County Tyrone has prompted calls for the public’s help to save species such as the Buzzard and Red Kite.

The UUP’s Fermanagh and South Tyrone MP Tom Elliott said: “These birds of prey are protected under the law, and as such, setting out to harm or kill these animals is an offence.

“I can find no reason why somebody would wish to poison an animal like this to start with, an education process would be helpful to inform the public on these species and the reasons why they are protected. I understand that in recent years, the highly toxic poison, carbofuran has been used to kill these animals which is quite alarming since carbofuran was banned from the European Union in 2001.

“Clearly, more work needs to be done to protect these birds from those out there intent with causing harm.

“Anyone with concerns should contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.”

“Poisons can have serious implications and reports such as this give rise to serious concerns,” said Emma Meredith, the PSNI’s wildlife liaison officer.

“Poison generally is very dangerous and we would have particular concern over any poison but particularly over carbofuran.

“We are disappointed this continues to happen especially with such a dangerous substance, which could kill not only birds of prey but also a child, family pet or any adult coming into contact with it.”