2015 May: Argenton NSW Dogs poisoned with Chlorpyrifos.

Former Golf Club Captain Fined for Misuse of Strong Insecticide

Media release: 26 May 2015

The former captain of Waratah Golf Club in Argenton NSW has been successfully prosecuted by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) for his attempt in March 2014 to kill crows with meat laced with the pesticide, Chlorpyrifos. His actions resulted in the death of one dog Zoe, and sickness to another dog, Dozer.

The EPA prosecuted under the Pesticides Act 1999 for the use of a registered pesticide contrary to the approved label. On 15 April 2015, the defendant was convicted, fined $1,000 and ordered to pay the EPA’s costs of $1,500 by Toronto Local Court.

Magistrate Atkinson said, “When people use pesticides contrary to the label, there can be serious consequences, which was apparent because a dog took the bait and died.  A strong message should be sent out because there is a good reason why pesticides are very restricted.”

Adam Gilligan, Acting Director North, NSW EPA, said, “The EPA takes very seriously its charter to administer environment protection legislation. We aim to maintain and enhance the state of the NSW environment and we regulate the actions of individuals, industry and government to uphold this goal.

“The EPA is the NSW regulator of the use of pesticides after they are sold. We act when a pesticide has been used contrary to a label and when the use of a pesticide can cause injury to another person, damage to their property or bring harm to plants or animals that weren’t the permitted target of the pesticide.

“The defendant in this case not only used a pesticide contrary to the label without a permit, he did not read the label and he knowingly used the pesticide in an attempt to harm a non-target animal. In leaving the pesticide-laced meat out in the open on the grounds of the golf course, he did so in a manner that totally disregarded the health of the environment and other animals,” said Mr Gilligan.

In June 2014 the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) prosecuted the defendant for the injury to the dogs. He was convicted of one count of aggravated cruelty to animals. For further information on the RSPCA prosecution visit: https://rspcansw.blogspot.com.au/2014/06/former-golf-club-captain-fined-after.htmlexternal link

The EPA administers the Pesticides Act 1999 which controls the use of pesticides in New South Wales. The Act aims to reduce the risks associated with the use of pesticides to human health, the environment, property, industry and trade. It also aims to promote collaborative and integrated policies for the use of pesticides.