It's Time to Ban Super-Toxic Rat Poisons

  • by: alicia graef
  • recipient: California Department of Pesticide Regulation

State regulators in California have opened the door to what could be a big win for wildlife, pets and people by launching a reevaluation on a potential ban of super-toxic rat poisons.

While there are a number of different types of rodenticides, the worst ones around are second-generation anti-coagulant rodenticides, which include brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difethialone and difenacoum.

These poisons aren't just deadly, but leave their victims to suffer a slow, painful and incredibly inhumane death from internal bleeding. Because the poisons work so slowly, victims may consume large quantities over days, and once they die they become a highly toxic meal for predators and scavengers as they work their way through the food chain.

In 2014, regulators took action by making them unavailable to consumers, but they exempted pest control companies and agricultural users, which has left a big problem — these poisons were still being put into the environment.

Unfortunately, they've continued to poison dozens of both target and non-target animals, and put people and pets at risk.

Following a recent analysis that found these super-toxic rat poisons in more than 85 percent of mountain lions, bobcats and protected Pacific fishers who were tested, in addition to finding these toxins were also found in seven out of ten endangered northern spotted owls tested and 40 percent of tested barred owls, the Department of Pesticide Regulation is reevaluating whether seven pesticides should be used at all.

Please sign and share this petition urging the Department of Pesticide Regulation to ban second-generation anti-coagulant rodenticides for good.

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