What are the consequences of medicating wildlife against anxiety and depression? Ida Emilie Steinmark reports.
Psychiatric medicine has become a go-to remedy for broken spirits and wrecked nerves all over the world. Although it is created to cause physiological effects at low concentrations and designed to significantly alter the consumer’s mood and behaviour, it has long flown under the ecotoxicological radar. However, evidence has been emerging in the last five years of the polluting effects of pharmaceuticals, specifically antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs. And it turns out that we are unintentionally forcing them on wild animals.