23 Jun '11, 5pm

U.S.-Made Pesticide Continues to Kill Off Lions in Kenya : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger

U.S.-Made Pesticide Continues to Kill Off Lions in Kenya : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger

Paula Kahumbu is executive director of WildlifeDirect, a conservation organization based in Kenya and founded by Richard Leakey. Kahumbu, who has a PhD from Princeton University in ecology and evolutionary biology, wrote about the misuse of the chemical on a WildlifeDirect blog : WildlifeDirect scientists have been consistently reporting that Furadan has been used to poison lions. The pesticide is sprinkled onto livestock carcases to kill lions, which cannot detect its presence as it has no smell or taste. Any animal that scavenges on a laced carcass will die within minutes, and that includes jackals, hyenas and vultures. Kahumbu also criticized the government's non-response to the problem: WildlifeDirect has documented abuse of this chemical, which may be the most serious threat facing wildlife conservation in Kenya today.To raise awareness and get government help, we cal...

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