Poisoned Bird Seed

Posted: March 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

It’s been a while since I’ve been sufficiently wound up to post a rant, but this one really got my goat in spades:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/grrlscientist/2012/mar/21/2?INTCMP=SRCH To summarise, Scotts, a company in America has been convicted of knowingly poisoning birdseed and lawncare products – which are sold in Europe under various names, quoted in the article – for several years, despite being warned by employees.  They have not yet been sentenced, but I am guilty of viciously hoping the bastards go to prison for a long time, even though, no doubt, the US courts will probably only sting them mildly in the pocket.

  1. Rorybore says:

    this is horrid! To willingly continue to provide these contaminated products – which I have used on both my lawn and in my feeders – to an unsuspecting public is the worse kind of breach of trust. While it may be impossible to imprison the entire company, the head honcho’s should definitely be spending some time behind bars. Seriously……its pretty much attempted murder in my opinion.

    as terrible as the loss of so many birds is, I for one can see how much more tragic it could have been……I have seen my children swallow a palmful of the bird seed when I am filling my feeders. and their mama didn’t freak out because, well……it’s only bird seed afterall. right?
    Not Awesome!

  2. kiwidutch says:

    Pity they can’t get an indictment for mass murder…

  3. Pseu says:

    ‘I don’t believe it!’ –

    how could anyone do this?

  4. Tilly Bud says:

    This is appalling.

  5. rumpydog says:

    Yeah, you’re probably right about the US courts. This is the first I’ve heard of this, and I’m flabbergasted.

    • rumpydog says:

      I went digging and was surprised to find this was a US case. I mentioned it on my blog today and asked people to write the company. Thanks for bringing to my attention. Sad to think I have to read a European blog to find out what’s happening in my own back yard.

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