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Hot wires approved for livestock, not birds: UL

The product safety agency that approved an electric fence controller for livestock for sale in Canada and the U.S. warns that its approval doesn’t extend to other uses, like shocking wild birds.

Illinois-based Underwriters Laboratories (UL) said in a release Tuesday that the controllers are being sold by other companies under the brand names “Bird-B-Gone” and “Bird Shock” with the original UL listing marks still attached.

“The indicated use as a bird deterrent has not been evaluated by UL, and (as) such, fence controllers are not authorized to bear the UL listing mark,” the agency said.

The units, made originally by Woodstream Corp., were UL-listed as electric fence controllers “intended to be used in the containment of livestock,” UL said.

UL said its mark is unauthorized on up to 1,000 Bird-B-Gone models CHG-AC750 and CHG-ACSS5 made between May 2007 and December 2008, and on up to 250 Bird Shock models SS-55 BB made between December 2007 and March 2009.

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