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Toxic Avocados

Avocados may be loved by many people but to much of life on Earth they can also be highly poisonous. Dogs, cats, cattle, goats, rabbits, birds, fish, horses and more species have been known to die after eating avocado fruit, bark, and leaves.

According to an article by the Government of Canada which cites numerous scientific studies, the avocado plant can poison just about any domestic animal. The ASPCA also lists avocado as toxic to domestic animals including cats, dogs, cattle, goats, and horses.

Avocados contain persin, a fungicidal toxin that is mostly harmless to humans but can kill most domestic animals if ingested in large quantities.

Interestingly the word avocado translates to avocat in French, which also means lawyer. Lawyers have also been known to be toxic to humans and cause sickness (ok, maybe this is stretching things now).

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