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Backlash over free rat posion scheme

ENVIRONMENTALISTS and animal lovers have reacted angrily after Alsancak Municipality offered free poison to combat rats and mice.

Backlash over free rat posion scheme

The offer, inviting anyone wanting the poison to go to the municipality's cash desks, went out on its Facebook page on Monday, attracting a wave of online criticism.

More condemnation came when the post was shared on the Hope 4 Pets animal charity's page, with the warning that “all our pets and the strays are in danger”.

Experts blasted the municipality, saying indiscriminate use of such pesticides posed a threat not just to mice and rates, but also to cats, dogs, birds and snakes.

Biologists' Association head Hasan Sarpten said the rodent population could be controlled without pesticides, and resorting to poisoning was wrong.

He suggested removing food sources used by rats and mice so they could not reproduce easily and their numbers would drop. Special areas could also be set aside for them, he added.

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