New South Wales, Australia is experiencing an overpopulation crisis from mice, which are destroying farmers' crops and posing a threat to vulnerable people's health. Unfortunately, NSW Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall has proposed an unnatural, short-sighted plan to use an extremely powerful poison (he called it "the most powerful poison that we can get our hands on") called bromadiolone. The bromadiolone will be applied to some of the mice's sources of food.
This poison is so potent that it will not only kill the mice who eat it but the animals who feed on the affected mice such as free-roaming cats (including helpful barn cats) and birds of prey. Any birds or other wildlife that also have the opportunity to eat the poisoned food will also become collateral casualties.
Marshall doesn't deny that some pets, livestock, and wildlife will die. He is quoted by ABC Australia as saying. "There is going to be a cost to this for some other animals but it's something that's been factored in and we just have to take this step," despite the fact that, per Ecology academic Dr Maggie Watson, of Charles Sturt University, there are other pesticides that do not pose a threat to other animals that could be used.
Sign this petition to urge APVMA CEO Lisa Croft to bar the widespread use of bromadiolone as rat control in NSW.