Collect dead vermin or risk a fine

UK - Pig-keepers are reminded that after baiting for vermin they must locate and dispose of any dead bodies.
calendar icon 9 August 2006
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Recently in Norfolk poisoned rats were eaten by two buzzards which subsequently died. The employer of the game-keeper who laid the bait – and who subsequently failed to search for any dead rats and dispose of them safely – was fined £2,000 with £400 costs.

The case highlights the legal duty of employers to train their employees in safe rodenticide practices, to prevent poisoning of non-target species. Training in the use of rodenticides is available from the British Pest Control Association, www.bpca.org.uk.

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