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Industry Group Commits More Funds To Responsible Rodenticide Campaign

The Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) is entering its second year with continued financial support from an industry group to the tune of £100,000. Launched in May 2005 and made up of seven leading manufactures and marketers of rodenticides, CRRU aims to encourage those in the countryside to use rodenticides more responsibly and reduce any risks to wildlife.

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“Our first year has been very successful,” says CRRU Chairman and independent adviser Dr Alan Buckle. “We have targeted key countryside groups – farmers, growers and game keepers – and worked with wildlife and rural organisations to gain their support.”

For 2006/07, each member company will increase its contribution to CRRU activities. “One of our main aims is to increase our education programme and achieve widespread promotion of a code of good practice under the banner ‘Think Wildlife’,” adds Dr Buckle.

Monitoring of wildlife species like Barn Owls and Red Kites has found traces of anti-coagulant rodenticides, although there is no indication that this is affecting their populations. “However, the industry has a responsibility to ensure rodenticides are used responsibly and those involved eliminate any risk of contamination.

“We are introducing a training module for rodenticide companies and related organisations to use and we are working alongside farm assurance organisations to ensure responsible rodenticide use is an integral part of their programmes.”

Users are encouraged to follow CRRU recommendations, and particularly ensure that any dead rodents are immediately removed to prevent wildlife picking them up – a more likely cause of contamination of wildlife than direct contact with the rodenticide, according to Dr Buckle.

For the first time CRRU will be at the CLA Game Fair in July and it will be represented through its member companies at technical trade shows this year including the British Pig and Poultry Fair in May and the Dairy Event in September.

Each member company will also be actively promoting CRRU. “Literature in packs will help get the Think Wildlife logo and the code of good practice into the hands of all users. It will be a gradual process, but through our targeted activities and increased support we are confident that the CRRU will continue to get its ‘call to action’ message across,” says Dr Buckle.

CRRU seven-point code - THINK WILDLIFE


  • Have a planned approach
  • Record quantity of bait used and where it is placed
  • Use enough baiting points
  • Collect and dispose of rodent bodies


  • Leave bait exposed to non-target animals and birds
  • Fail to inspect bait regularly
  • Leave bait down at the end of the treatment

Members of The Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) are: Barrettine Environmental Health, Bell Laboratories, Killgerm Chemicals, Novartis Animal Health, PelGar International, Rentokil Initial and Sorex.

Experts from professional organisations and universities are involved in CRRU, such as English Nature, the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) and the Universities of Reading, Huddersfield and Leeds.

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