Rat poisons are made to kill rats, but many of the most dangerous of these poisons accidentally poison wildlife, pets and even children.
The most hazardous of all are what's called second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides -- or "super-toxic" rat poisons. They work by interfering with normal blood clotting and induce a slow, agonizing death by internal bleeding. Endangered San Joaquin kit foxes, golden eagles and Pacific fishers are bleeding to death because of them.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is trying to address the problem of accidental poisoning by banning super-toxic poisons and by placing common-sense restrictions on certain dangerous products. The makers of d-CON - one brand of those products - are opposing the agency's decision in order to continue selling hazardous poisons.
Thankfully, stores have the power to control which poisons they put on the shelves. Sign today and urge retailers to save countless lives by pulling deadly d-CON poisons from their stores.
I am writing because I support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to ban toxic products containing second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides and to urge you to stop selling d-CON rat poisons in your stores. These deadly, super-toxic poisons are responsible for more than 10,000 accidental exposures to children and cause unintentional deaths to pets as well as endangered wildlife.
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Recently certain d-CON products that contain second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides were banned from sale for home use by consumers by the EPA. Despite the agency's cancellation order, some of the following products are still found at your stores:
-- d-CON CONCENTRATE KILLS RATS & MICE
-- d-CON READY MIXED KILLS RATS & MICE
-- d-CON MOUSE PRUFE KILLS MICE
-- d-CON PELLETS KILLS RATS & MICE
-- d-CON MOUSE PRUFE II
-- d-CON PELLETS GENERATION II
-- d-CON BAIT PELLETS II
-- d-CON READY MIXED GENERATION II
-- d-CON MOUSE PRUFE III
-- d-CON BAIT PELLETS III
-- d-CON II READY MIX BAITBITS III
-- d-CON BAIT PACKS III
The risks of selling rodenticides to the public outweigh the benefits of using rodenticides in homes, where they can potentially sicken children and kill pets. These poisons travel up the food chain from rodents to larger predators like eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, bobcats, mountain lions, and endangered Pacific fishers and San Joaquin kit foxes. When wildlife feed on poisoned rodents, they themselves become poisoned and often die excruciatingly painful deaths.
By removing super-toxic d-CON products from your stores, you can decrease the likelihood of accidental and unintended poisonings. Currently there are safer, cost-effective alternatives on the market -- there's simply no need to sell these dangerous products. Please support the EPA's effort to protect children and household pets from accidental exposure to rat poisons -- discontinue your distribution of d-CON's deadly rodenticide products.
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