Número 14 | September 2007

The Region of Murcia in opposition to poisoned bait

Poisons are chemical or biological substances that are extremely toxic and can even kill living creatures if they are infected. Initially, the use of poisoned bait was allowed in accordance with hunting management policies, although later its use was extended to other rural activities. This is a selective and a very dangerous method that has taken some species, such as the bearded vulture, egyptian vulture, golden eagle, black vulture, iberian lynx, near to extinction.
The use of poisoned bait to kill animals was forbidden in 1989. In 1995, the use of poison was classed as a crime offence in the Spanish Penal Code. In the Region of Murcia, this subject appears in the Hunting Law 7/2003, and also in the Wild Fauna Law 7/95.
In the Region of Murcia, the practice of using poison in the rural and natural environments has alarmingly spread in the last few years. There have been several cases detected. Some of the species affected by this practice are the fox, birds of pray, house dogs, pigeons, wild carnivorous mammals, etc.
In the last year, in accordance with legal measures to combat poisoned bait included in the above regulations, there have been additional advances in the fighting this problem. The most noteworthy of the regional regulations is the passing of a convention, developed by the Regional Ministry of Environment, that sets a protocol of action from the moment when the corpse or the trap is found to the administrative recording of the event. Moreover, additional information and awareness campaigns to promote the social conscience of the problem, such as spreading leaflets, brochures, posters and giving informative talks, have all been undertaken.

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