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The Campaign Against Accidental or Illegal Poisoning (CAIP) is encouraging gamekeepers to put up a poster designed to discourage members of the public from interfering with legal traps.

The poster asks the public to respect legal pest control and to report the abuse and inadvertent misuse of pesticides. It can be displayed on Larsen traps and other legal forms of pest control as well as being put on view in public areas.

Gamekeeping organisations have welcomed the move. “Too often wellmeaning visitors to the countryside interfere with legal traps,” said Mike Swan, of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust. “This poster will be useful to display on Larsen traps to highlight that most of the trapping that goes on in the countryside is carried out for good reasons and within the law. They will also be useful to display in public spaces and car parks to highlight the importance of reporting both suspected illegal traps and suspected instances involving the misuse of pesticides in the countryside.”

The poster can be downloaded from the CAIP website at

www.caip-uk.info/_Attachments/Resources/9_S4.pdf.

The rest of this article appears in 2 April issue of Shooting Times.

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