Unlawful dog baiters risk $20k fine

THE Environment Protection Agency says landowners conducting unofficial dog baiting can face fines of up to $20,000 if they use poisons incorrectly.

EPA spokesperson Lawrence Orel, responding to a spate of dog poisonings in the Whiteman Creek area this week, said the Pesticides Act forbade anyone from using chemicals in a different manner to the instructions on the label.

He also said the poison 1080, most commonly used for baiting feral animals, was only available through the Livestock Health and Pest Authority.

Mr Orel said there was a chance the dogs could have died from diseases that become more prevalent after rain and people should consult their vets about this possibility.

Topics:  dog baiting, environmental protection agency, livestock health and pest authorities



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