Birds of prey must be protected – MP

Red kite Milvus milvus, in flight, UK, March.
Red kite Milvus milvus, in flight, UK, March.

Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament for Fermanagh and South Tyrone Tom Elliott has echoed the recent call for members of the public to work to protect birds of 
prey, particularly the Buzzard and Red Kite after a number of poisoning incidents have been reported in Co Tyrone.

Mr 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.

“If you are aware of potential areas in which poison is being used to kill these birds, I would urge you to contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.”