M-44 Sodium Cyanide
May 2013 - Trials are underway in Australia using M-44 Sodium Cyanide. These work as spring activated ejectors which are planted in the ground with a cloth soaked in canine attractants. Cyanide granules can be sprayed up to five feet.
"* According to EPA records, five Wildlife Services employees and at least five unsuspecting citizens people have been accidentally exposed to sodium cyanide after triggering devices or coming into contact with pets that had been exposed.
* M-44s have also killed endangered species, such as California condors and wolves" Trapfree Oregon
The fact that endangered species have been killed by M-44's already provide doubts as to the claimed selective targeting these devices provide.
Furthermore, people pulling on these devices for whatever reason (pulling out weeds, etc) could trigger the device.
"In 2003, Utah, Mr. Slaugh pulled on what he mistook for a survey maker and turned out to be an M-44. The device shot sodium cyanide powder on his face and chest causing him to become violently ill and to this day he suffers from the effects of the poison. It is even likely that his life will be shortened as a result of the incident." DeFazio Secures EPA Investigation of M-44 Sodium Cyanide Poisoning
Read about it in America where efforts are underway to ban it: http://www.predatordefense.org/docs/FactSheet_Two_Killers_final_04-01-10.pdf
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