Regarding the issue that we know ‘Carbofuran’ poison is being used to poison dogs and other wildlife throughout Serbia; we have serious concerns. Here is why; just a basic summary that we uncovered today via research:
The poison Carbofuran is one of the most toxic carbonate pesticides; and exhibits toxicity mediated by the same mechanism as that of the notorious V series nerve agents and presents a risk to human health – fatalities occur with exposure to tens of milligram quantities via inhalation or absorption through skin; It is more potent than Sarin; another nerve agent with a similar mechanism of action. On such exposure, these agents severely disrupt the body’s signaling between the nervous and muscular systems; leading to a prolonged neuromuscular blockade; causing paralysis of all the muscles in the body including the diaphragm, and leading to death by asphyxiation, or a condition of deficient supply of oxygen to the body.
As this is a nerve agent which can be deadly to both animal and human species; should it be put into parks or on the street where humans are; especially young children ? – we will produce our Sample Letter to the Serbian authorities tomorrow – it is done in draft form but we need to get checks undertaken.
In the meantime, Slavica has produced a letter (below) which you can copy and send to the CRC in Switzerland; expressing concerns.
The Chemical Review Committee (CRC)
United National Environment Programme (UNEP)
Avenue de la Paix 8-14
1211 Genève 10, Switzerland
Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00153 Rome, Italy
EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com
Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention – UNEP
Office address: 11-13, Chemin des Anémones – 1219 Châtelaine, Switzerland
Postal address: Avenue de la Paix 8-14, 1211 Genève 10, Switzerland
Tel.: +41 (0)22 917 8271 – Fax: +41 (0)22 917 8098
LETTER TO SEND: COPY/PASTE IN YOUR EMAIL, ADD FEW OF YOUR OWN WORDS IF YOU WISH / SAYING WHAT YOU FEEL ABOUT THIS SITUATION
Letter (to copy and send):
REQUEST FOR INTERVENTION
We are reporting about mass poisoning on streets of Serbia.
We reported about it to Serbian Government, Police and Sectors for control of chemicals, but no one has reacted in response.
Through our investigation of poisons it is confirmed that chemicals found on the scene (streets) are two banned components but still they are spreading uncontrollably on the streets and are continuously killing both wildlife and domesticated animals.
Named chemicals are;
The technical or chemical name of FURADAN, Carbofuran is 2,3-dihydro-2,2-dimethyl-7-benzofuranyl methylcarbamate, and its CAS Number is 1563-66-2.
Mass poisoning cases of dogs, cats and birds that happened from January to February 2020 and current counts of at least 350 cases are found and reports of poisoned animals are incoming while we are just reporting to you about this case..
We are appalled at this and are asking for regulatory bodies of Rotterdam convention to intervene please.
Our report is reflecting the NOTE requested by Rotterdam convention committee.
According to the criteria for listing banned or severely restricted chemicals in Annex III to the Rotterdam Convention, Annex II, paragraph (c)(iv), indicates that the Chemical Review Committee should consider whether there is evidence of ongoing international trade in the chemicals it reviews.
In line with the process for collecting information on ongoing international trade adopted by the Chemical Review Committee at its first meeting, countries and other interested parties are invited to submit information on ongoing trade and use of the above-listed chemicals.
CRC-12/1 Carbofuran 16.16 K36.81 K
The Chemical Review Committee,
Recalling paragraphs 1 and 2 of Article 7 of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade
I am very concerned about this situation, I will recall my visit to Serbia until this alarming situation of mass poisoning of animals is stopped. I am very appalled with the Government of Serbia because they are not taking any responsibility for what is being put into the public domain, and are not taking any action to stop this horrific situation. Additionally, they are NOT replying nor taking action on complaints that citizens of Serbia sent to them.
I am informed that there are more than 10 protests on the streets by concerned Serbian citizens and the government is playing deaf to their pleas which is shameful and should not be the case in Europe 2020 or from a ‘Candidate Country’ wishing to join the EU as a Member State in the near future.
Please send a warning note to the Serbian Government to stop the mass poisoning of animals, which could also affect humans; and please make an intervention that is guaranteed by Rotterdam Convention..