Campaign highlights illegal poisoning

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Police have launched a poster campaign raising awareness of the dangers of illegal wildlife poisoning.

Officers are warning that not only is the practice cruel and illegal, it also poses a serious health risk for members of the public and their pets.

In the ten years between 2004 and 2013, there were 70 incidents of bird of prey persecution in North Yorkshire, including the illegal poisoning of 14 Red kites, six Buzzards, one Goshawk and one Peregrine.

In many cases, animal carcasses laced with poison were involved.

Now, dozens of hard-hitting posters warning about the risks of animal poisoning will be distributed in rural areas including the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, and displayed in National Park Centres, parish council notice boards and other key public places.