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The Civil Guard investigates two people for the illegal use of poisons (16/08/2017)

Operation under the 'Plan to combat the illegal use of poison called Antitox'

The Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia has developed the operation 'ANTITOX', an investigation aimed at clarifying the continued use of illegal and for hunting purposes in a hunting ground in the municipality of Moratalla, which has resulted in the investigation of two Persons who have been instructed in proceedings as alleged perpetrators of a crime relating to the protection of flora, fauna and domestic animals.

The operation began at the end of last year, following the filing of a complaint that reported the discovery of dead animals in strange circumstances, both wild and domestic, in a private hunting ground of the municipality of Moratalla.

Under the 'Plan to combat the illegal use of poison called Antitox', civil guards of the Nature Protection Service (SEPRONA) started the operation to clarify the facts that could be related to the alleged use of poisons.

During the investigation and as a result of the public collaboration, the agents were able to verify the death of domestic animals and of dogs of guard of cattle during previous years in situation similar to the present ones.

The Civil Guard established a search device aimed at locating poisons and animals that might have died from contact or ingestion of these products.

The device made it possible to find, along with a partridge cage / pellet, pieces of chicken meat distributed around the metal structure as baits to attract potential victims.

In the place also a trap was located arranged for the capture of foxes, being a means cataloged as prohibited, being a useful of massive capture and not selective, being removed of the place and made available to the judicial authority.

Use of a highly toxic poison

Faced with the finding of baits or animals supposedly poisoned, SEPRONA agents initiated the protocol for these cases and forwarded the alleged baits to the "El Valle" Wildlife Recovery Center of Murcia, for their toxicological analysis, yielding a result Of positive in phenylmethylcarbamate active substance in indices superior to 90%, with insecticidal activity, algicide and molluscicide, classified as highly Toxic.

Given the evidence of the result of the toxicological analysis of the samples found in the game reserve, the Civil Guard inspected the farm store and found inside an insecticide container whose active material turned out to be phenylmethylcarbamate, a product that coincides with The venom detected in the baits submitted for analysis.

During the last days, the Civil Guard has completed the operation 'ANTITOX' with the investigation of two individuals - one of them holder of the hunting reserve and the other person in charge of the property - who have been instructed as alleged perpetrators of Offenses relating to the protection of flora, fauna and domestic animals, of course continued use of venom for hunting purposes.

The aim of these illicit practices is usually the elimination of all predators, which are a competition factor with hunting activity - mainly partridges and rabbits - that is, foxes, birds of prey, corvids, cats or dogs.

An activity that causes a serious damage to both the native fauna of the place and to the owners of pets that transit through the mountain.

The perpetrators of this type of acts may incur an offense established in the current Penal Code and punishable by sentences of four months to two years or fine of eight to twenty-four months and, in any case, of special disqualification for profession or trade and Special disqualification for the exercise of the right to hunt for one to three years.

Source: Ministerio del Interior

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