IUCN SSC Poison Statement
December 2014, Volume 12-6

In September 2014, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC) published a position statement in relation to the increasing incidence and scale of the use of poison causing catastrophic declines in wildlife populations across Africa. The rapid acceleration of poison use has a devastating effect on populations of many scavenging species ranging from hyenas to vultures and has also been linked to poaching for elephant ivory, rhino horn and furs. Chemicals of major concern include the systemic carbamate pesticides Carbofuran and Aldicarb, which are commonly used to poison wildlife. In addition, various toxic organophosphates and organochlorines, as well as cyanide, strychnine and arsenic, are widely available in several African countries and are often subject to insufficient controls. IUCN appeals to the governments and other conservation actors in Africa to make a strong commitment to seeking effective strategies to address the root causes of the poisoning problem. Read the full statement …