MPs criticise bird poisoning laws

In the past decade, birds of prey poisoned included 14 red-listed golden eagles, six white-tailed or sea eagles and 109 red kites. Credit: PA Wire

Hundreds of birds of prey have been poisoned because the Government has failed to fully implement laws designed to protect them, MPs warned.

Rules brought in six years ago made it an offence to possess poisons used to kill birds of prey, but an order listing which poisons it was illegal to have was not introduced, the Environmental Audit Committee said.

A report by the committee found wildlife protection laws are in a mess. In some cases efforts to tackle crimes are being hampered by rules that are "almost Pythonesque in their absurdity".