13th May 2020 | Animal Welfare, Biodiversity, Environment, Justice, Press Releases

Greens call for tougher law enforcement and effective supports against wildlife crime


Speaking in response to the recent poisoning of 22 buzzards near Timoleague in West Cork, Green Party Spokesperson on Heritage Cllr Louise Heavin said:

“The NPWS and other agencies do a lot of work on small budgets to try to preserve and enhance habitats for protected birds like buzzards. To see these birds targeted and killed in this appalling way is heartbreaking. Crimes against nature like this need stronger recourse for offenders. We all need to work towards protecting and restoring our natural heritage.”

Green Party Senator Pippa Hackett, and Spokesperson on Agriculture said:

“It has been reported that this is one of the single largest mass poisonings of birds of prey ever recorded, and last year we had the highest number of deaths of birds of prey ever recorded – these are hardly the signs of an effective Wildlife Crime Unit. With just 3 people convicted in the past 6 years for poisoning, the legislation is either ineffective, or not enforced well enough. Either way, this is simply not good enough. Securing evidence is clearly difficult in these cases, and whatever resources need to be put in place to prevent such crimes, should be put in place. Those responsible need to be brought to justice, and a clear message needs to be sent out that this type of illegal activity will not be tolerated.”