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The Civil Guard clarifies the illegal use of poison in a hunting ground Moratalla (09/08/2016)

So far they have found three dead animals, not ruling out the death of more animals in the area for these causes

Preserve responsible will have instructed proceedings on suspicion of crime on the protection of flora, fauna and pets

He is hiding highly toxic poison baits for both people and animals, whose use is banned in the European Union

The Civil Guard in the region of Murcia has developed the operation 'CEBOS', aimed at clarifying the prohibited use of baits with highly toxic poisons in a hunting of Moratalla, which have been found dead four dogs, which has led with research responsible for the preserve, to which they have instructed proceedings on suspicion of crime on the protection of flora, fauna and pets.

In November 2014, specialized civil guards Nature Protection Service (SEPRONA) began the operation after detecting the appearance of a dog allegedly poisoned in intensive hunting preserve of the municipality of Moratalla.

The agents activated the protocol provided anta findings bait or animals allegedly poisoned by removing the carcass and returning to the Center for Wildlife Recovery 'El Valle' in Murcia, for the practice of relevant toxicological analysis, which was positive for one formerly used as a pesticide substance called methamidophos in rates above 95%.

Collaboration dogs trained to detect poisons

Given the evidence of use of highly toxic poisons for animals and people in the hunting, the researchers sought the support of cinológico Group and Remount of the Civil Guard in Madrid, who joined the operation with a dog trained in detecting poisons.

The result of the inspection by the specialist can detect poison in and guide your agent was detected, unequivocally, the appearance of course poison in the area called Rincon de Don Esteban, in a hidden area under readily movable stones.

In the area marked by the dog of the Civil Guard one, supposedly strategically placed as bait, to be consumed by vermin in the area he was found dead partridge.

Following the established protocol, allegedly poisoned bait finding was also sent to the Center for Wildlife Recovery 'El Valle'.

Their analysis showed positive results this time carbofuran at rates above 90% in the case of a pesticide broad spectrum, highly toxic to both humans and animals, which is one of the active ingredients most used in Europe for poisoning animals domestic and wild using poisoned bait.

Last June, a citizen filed a complaint in which he reported the discovery of two medium-sized dogs, allegedly poisoned in the hunting ground under investigation.

The initial report by veterinary staff as death by poisoning symptoms is found, so we proceed to the collection of samples from the same and referral to appropriate tox in search of poisons.

After obtaining all necessary evidence, in recent days has been located and researched responsible Preserve intensive hunting of Moratalla, which will have instructed proceedings on suspicion of crime on the protection of flora, fauna and animals domestic, by the continued use of highly toxic and banned poisons, having produced the deaths of at least four animals.

After making inquiries with neighbors in the area it has witnessed the deaths of several pets and cattle guard in previous years, which in his day were not reported to the Civil Guard.

Also it has another episode of use of poisons in 2009 in that preserve, confirmed by the Ministry of Water, Agriculture and Environment of the Region of Murcia.

The practice of placing poisoned bait in hunting has been greatly reduced in recent years, especially for being criminalized in the Penal Code, this practice has historically been used to control pests, considering as such any animal that be likely to prejudice the number of huntable species of interest to hunters.

The authors of such facts may incur an offense concerning the protection of flora, fauna and domestic animals, collected in the existing Criminal Code and punished with imprisonment from four months to two years or fines eight to twenty four months and in any case, the special disqualification for exercising the right to hunt for between one to three years.

The proceedings initiated have been referred to the Court of 1st Instance and Instruction No. 3 of Caravaca de la Cruz (Murcia).

Use of poisoned bait

Carbofuran and methamidophos are highly toxic and highly potent substances, used for years as a pesticide and organophosphorus pesticide respectively, and prohibited use since 2007 by decision of the European Union.

This is a massive method that can cause death in a short time a large number of copies of different species.

Coupled closely to the condition of mass is that of being a non-selective method, so you can not select the target species to which it is directed.

Any animal, including endangered species and domestic animals can be poisoned by ingesting poison, including man.

Source: Ministerio del Interior

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