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December 1, 2021

Poison killing wildlife

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Take bird-killing poisons off our supermarket and hardware shelves. Rodent poison containing SGAR is having a devastating effect on our wildlife. The same needs to be said for most lawn-grub-killing poisons. If you think that they will only kill the grubs, or rodents, think again.

This is what really happens: poison gets put out, rodents (and also bandicoots and other native mall marsupials) eat the poison, they feel sick and are easy prey for our snakes, birds of prey like tawny frogmouths, owls, hawks, kites and eagles, but also our butcherbirds and magpies. They eat the poisoned rodent, or grub, then they die a slow and horrible death. Then the next animal comes along and eats them, and so on, and so on.

What do you think happens when our natural predators disappear from the food chain? More mice and rats, more grubs, more poison. Look for catching with live traps, or in situations where you have to use poison, like in holiday rental houses, INSIST on using a real estate agency who contracts a professional pest control person who doesn’t use systemic poison, or store bought product that doesn’t contain SGAR and isn’t harmful to birds. I get it, not everyone loves rodents, but who doesn’t love our iconic Aussie birds?

Juud Van Schooten, Byron Bay


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