Monday, April 27, 2009

Kenya: land of the Lion no longer?

Despite growing evidence that it's not just animals but people at risk from Furadan too, the Kenya government has not responded to our reports. Furadan is currently being used to poison birds and fish for human consumption. Working at rice schemes in Bunyala, Martin Odino has documented a cruel and dangerous form of hunting for wetland birds that are sold in the local markets. Likewise, Dino Martins has documented the use of Furadan in Lake Victoria for fishing -- also for the market. Nobody knows how many people are poisoned by this and other pesticide chemicals each year -- we simply don't keep records.

If you thought Furadan was a problem only for lions, Paula Kahumbu has some distressing news.