Bunnings Warehouse under pressure from BirdLife Australia to restrict sales or poisoning from rats and mice

Australia’s largest bird protection group urges Bunnings Warehouse to take a popular assortment off the shelves.

BirdLife Australia is calling on the hardware giant to stop selling some rat and mouse poison products, claiming they are killing native birds and wildlife.

Rodenticide sales in Bunnings skyrocketed in the first six months of 2021 after an extreme mouse plague hit Eastern Australia, resulting in empty shelves in many stores.

But now, BirdLife Australia says our birds of prey – including wedge-tailed eagles, southern boobooks, and possibly mighty owls – are dying after eating rodents poisoned by some of these products.

She has started a petition urging Bunnings to stop selling second generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGAR), which are restricted in many parts of the world, including the US, Canada and parts of Europe.

“Owls, eagles and other birds of prey are dying unnecessarily from ingesting poisoned rats and mice,” says the BirdLife Australia petition.

File image from Bunnings Store. Credit: NilsBV/Getty Images

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