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Between 176 000 and 470 000 gamebirds are deliberately poisoned
on farms in South Africa every year...


>> Special Report: POISONING CRISIS
The poisoning of gamebirds in Southern Africa has taken on national crisis proportions. This includes the indiscriminate poisoning of eagles, blue cranes and even elephants with agricultural pesticides. Observers say it is a matter of time before these poisons are used against people!


>> Deliberate poisoning: the biggest threat to gamebirds This article focuses on the deliberate poisoning of gamebirds and not incidental mortality through misuse of pesticides. Poisoning is a known threat to gamebirds, especially wintering flocks of Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris) in South Africa, and occurred on 14% of farms surveyed in the late 1990s by the National Gamebird Federation survey (Wolff, Bothma & Viljoen 2002).

>> Poisoning: Update
The most recent incident, in which the deadly poison endosulfan poisoned a gundog before his master's eyes; and tons of black market aldicarb is confiscated by police.