Ireland’s largest game shooting and conservation organisation, the National Association of Regional Game Councils (NARGC) which is based in Ferbane, has said it is ‘horrified’ to learn about the poisoning of a Red Kite in Roundwood, Co Wicklow.
NARGC Director, Des Crofton stated, “The NARGC, which has supported the Golden Eagle Trust from the beginning, condemns the indiscriminate laying of poison as being not only irresponsible, but damaging to the interests of all responsible land owners and land users in Ireland. Poisoning is not part of the Gun Club ethos and the NARGC is satisfied that the Gun Clubs affiliated to Wicklow Regional Game Council, all of whom are equally horrified about this news, are willing to provide a free pest control service when requested.”
He added, “Regulations on the restrictions in the use of poisons means that their use to control birds and foxes is now illegal. The irresponsible use of poison baits has killed numerous working dogs and domestic pets and represents a serious threat to protected birds in Ireland. Poison use is strictly limited to the control of mice and rats and should, at no time, be used in such a reckless manner.”
The NARGC urged anyone with further information to contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service or An Garda Síochána.