Restrict the Use of Highly Toxic Rat Poisons

Target: California Department of Pesticide Regulation

Goal: Ban the sale of highly toxic rat poisons to average consumers and make them accessible only to professional pest-control operators.

The sole purpose of highly toxic rat poisons, such as D-CON and other brands, is to kill mice and rats. However, in actuality these toxic poisons are killing non-targeted wildlife as well, such as foxes, bobcats, mountain lions, black bears, coyotes, hawks, eagles, and owls. The California Department of Fish and Game has reported 240 cases of wildlife bleeding to death due to exposure to these potent poisons. San Diego County has reported that approximately 79% of San Joaquin kit foxes, an endangered species, have been exposed to these powerful toxins. Additionally, a wildlife animal hospital in San Rafael has reported that 74% of predators that are brought into the hospital test positive for rat poison.

While these toxic poisons are meant to keep rat and mice populations down, they are in reality killing the animals that naturally control rodents in our environment. Rat poisons have also become more and more toxic over the years. This is due to the fact that rodents have begun developing a resistance to weaker poisons; as a result manufacturers have created extremely potent toxins. These potent poisons are also more effective at moving up the food chain, killing predators of rodents as well as rats and mice themselves.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency supports banning the sale of these toxic rat poisons to average consumers, as well as requiring all loose bait and pellets be secured in stations that are inaccessible to children and pets. This is due to the fact that there are approximately 12,000 to 15,000 cases a year of children under age six being exposed to these toxins. Limiting the use of these highly toxic poisons and making them only available to professional pest-control rather than the general public will reduce the amount of non-targeted wildlife deaths. In addition to banning the sale of toxic rat poisons to average consumers, implementing stricter storage of these chemicals will help ensure the safety of children as well as animals. Sign this petition to support restricting the sale of these highly toxic poisons to save innocent wildlife.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear California Department of Pesticide Regulation,

While the purpose of highly toxic rat poison is to kill rodents, recently there have been numerous non-targeted wildlife deaths. This includes the deaths of foxes, black bears, eagles, hawks, bobcats, and owls. This is why it is necessary to ban the sale of highly toxic rat poisons to average consumers, and make them only accessible to professional pest-control operators.

While these poisons are meant to keep rat and mice populations down, they are in reality killing the animals that naturally control rodents in our environment. A wildlife animal hospital in San Rafael has reported that 74% of predators that are brought into the hospital test positive for rat poison. The use of the poisons also affects children and pets; there are approximately 12,000 to 15,000 cases of children under the age of six being exposed to these poisons.

It is time to act now and restrict the use of these highly toxic poisons by making them only available to professionals, rather than the general public. This will reduce the amount of non-targeted wildlife deaths. By requiring these chemicals to be properly stored, we will ensure the safety of children and pets. I support restricting the sale of these potent poisons to save innocent wildlife.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Gianna Macias says:

    BAN ALL POISONS.

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