The Anti-Poison Dog Units

The Anti-Poison Dog Units

An effective tool in the battle against poison bait use are canine units that can detect poison baits and poisoned victims. These Anti-poison Dog Units (ApDUs) are effectively used across Europe and the project foresees the creation and operation of two such units in Cyprus. The units will help increase our knowledge on the real extent of poison bait use in Cyprus, enable us to check and remove poison baits from the countryside and act as a deterrent factor to those who illegally use poison baits in the countryside. 

The ApDUs will be under the Game and Fauna Service, which is the competent authority for the protection of birds in Cyprus, while patrols will be focusing only in the countryside in areas relevant to the Griffon Vulture. In addition, the project foresees the initiation of a chain of custody for poison cases allowing the project team and stakeholders to bring a possible poison case to court undertaking all the necessary procedural legal actions for the successful outcome of cases and convictions of perpetrators.

It is expected that the Anti-poison Dog Units will start their operation in Cyprus in autumn 2021.

 

Kouki and Demetris Vavylis - one of the Anti-Poison Dog Units run by the Hellenic Ornithological Society © Tasos Bounas / HOS
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