Up to 50 cats die from anti-freeze poisoning a month,

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Up to 50 cats die from anti-freeze poisoning a month,

Post by GD on Tue 02 Dec 2014, 8:59 pm

A Conservative MP is calling on the Government to intervene over fears that around 50 cats a month are dying from anti-freeze poisoning.
Sherwood MP Mark Spencer warned that "more than a cat and a half a day" are suffering traumatic deaths after consuming anti-freeze.
MPs were told that anti-freeze ingredient ethylene glycol has a sweet taste to small animals, but it's extremely toxic and can rapidly lead to kidney failure and death.
Mr Spencer - who has a cat called Parsnip - said Cats Protection has spotted almost 1,200 reports of anti-freeze poisoning of cats in the UK since November 2012 - around 50 a month. He asked the Government to consider making it mandatory for anti-freeze products to include Bitrex to deter small animals and called for better labelling on bottles. His comments came after at least 22 cats were poisoned in Calverton, Nottinghamshire.
Environment minister George Eustice said anyone found guilty of deliberately poisoning an animal could be fined up to 20,000 and face six months in jail.
He added: "It would be quite possible, for instance, for the labels on anti-freeze to warn about the particular risk to pets, for example, and maybe to make clear it would not be right to use there products in garden water features. I think that might be a step forward."

Wonder if this happens in the Islands?


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