Government promises to get tough on eagle poisining

The Government has banned the use of all poisons for pest control under new rules aimed at stopping the killing of birds of prey.

There will be no poisons which can legally be used to kill birds or animals, apart from rats and mice.

And the new regulations also make it an offence for a person to use any type of meat, fish, egg or other animal substance as bait to poison birds or animals unless licensed to do so. Anyone caught breaking the law is liable to a fine of up to €5,000 or a prison sentence of 12 months.

Earlier this year an eagle was found dead in Glenveagh National Park and toxicology tests confirmed it had been poisoned.

Lorcan O Toole, from The Golden Eagle Trust, has welcomed the move.......

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