Killing of 200 native Australian birds caused due to insecticide


120 wedge-tail hawk cadavers and the remaining parts of other local creatures were found by authorities during a Violet Town property search in August. An agrarian compound used to control bugs is expected to have killed many eagles in northern Victoria.

The program manager compliance operations at Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Andrew Dean said furthermore two court orders were issued in late September in Shepparton East and Goomalibee properties.

The continued investigation of the properties revealed additional dozens of carcasses of the bird, with toll of death reaching almost 200. Police and DELWP officials initially found the corpses of wedge-tailed eagles, falcons, hawks, kites, a cockatoo and a kookaburra. Cadavers of joey kangaroos were also additionally located.

The reports of forensic investigation undertaken by DELWP suggest that the birds had fallen prey to death due to consumption of pesticide which is casually used by farmers. The disclosure is followed by number reports from general society into deaths of birds in the area in the course of last 5 years, and is the number two mass murdering of eagles with wedge tail within Victoria in previous two years.

Testers were taken from the dead birds and from the bodies of creatures were suspected as being utilized as bait, which likewise came out positive for similar substance as pesticides. The chief executive of Wildlife Victoria, Megan Davidson termed the incident “appalling, upsetting and alarming.”

Dr Davidson stated incident seemed to have been intentional because of the idea of the conditions and the quantity of cadavers of birds found, yet the authorities would not reveal the reason why allegations had not been placed so far.

She also said that incident at that level is unquestionably going to be purposeful. It is difficult to believe it to be inadvertent. “The animals are magnificent local creatures and they suffered the most tragic death that you could think of”, she added.

All proof gathered will be forensically examined, including the cadavers and synthetic compounds seized, which may consume some time.  The Wildlife Act safeguards the local birds under it and intentional killing of these species can be fined up to two years of prison or fined up to $39,652.