Eagles illegally poisoned in French Alps: greens

5th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Aug 5 (AFP) - Three golden eagles and various other animals in the French Alps have been killed by poison recently, apparently victims of an illegal culling campaign by farmers against wolves, four environmental organisations said in a joint statement Friday.

PARIS, Aug 5 (AFP) - Three golden eagles and various other animals in the French Alps have been killed by poison recently, apparently victims of an illegal culling campaign by farmers against wolves, four environmental organisations said in a joint statement Friday.

"Several clues suggest that it is the wolf that is actually targeted by these irresponsible acts," France Nature Environment, the Alpine Research Centre on Vertebrates, the Bird Protection League and the Departmental Life and Nature Union said.

Four wolves have been found poisoned over the past few years, they noted.

The remains of the eagles, predators that feed off small mammals and snakes, were discovered in different parts of the Alps in February, April and June.

Poisons are not limited to the species they are laid out for, but instead contaminate different parts of the food chain, the environmentalists said, adding that it appeared the toxins used were strychnine and cyanide.

Anybody found guilty of poisoning wildlife risked six months in prison and fines of up to EUR 9,000, the associations said, calling for "rigorous investigations" to find those responsible.

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