Commend Environmental Protection Agency for Banning Dangerous Rat Poison

Target: Steven Bradbury, Office of Pesticides Director, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Goal: Thank the EPA for providing environmental safety by eliminating dangerous poisons

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the ban of twelve D-Con brand mouse and rat poison products. The manufacturer of the products failed to abide by safety regulations thus putting children and non-target animals at risk of accidental poisoning. The EPA is taking great strides toward environmental safety and health awareness and should be thanked for its actions.

Reckitt Benckiser, the manufacturer of D-Con mouse and rat poisons, was given three years to conform with safety improvements called for in 2008. The suggested safety improvements required rodent poison products to be contained in protective tamper-resistant bait stations. This type of tamper-resistant guard would prevent the accidental poisoning of children and pets. It has been reported that about 10,000 children are accidentally exposed to rodent poison on an annual basis.

Another safety regulation that Reckitt Benckiser failed to adhere to was the elimination of second-generation anticoagulants in D-Con rodent poisons. Second-generation anticoagulants are highly toxic active ingredients in rodent poison that are lethal after a single ingestion of bait. The problem with second-generation anticoagulants is that high levels of the toxins reside in the animals’ bodies and can cause secondary poisoning. Secondary poisoning is caused when predators, scavengers, and other non-target wildlife consume contaminated rodents and succumb to the poison as well. This type of poisoning poses a problem for federally-protected raptor populations that are already dwindling in numbers, as well as neighborhood dogs and cats.

Due to Reckitt Benckiser’s non-compliance and refusal to modify D-Con rodent poison products, the EPA has decided to remove twelve D-Con rodent poison products from the consumer market and pull the products from stores. The EPA’s decision was backed by meticulous scientific tests and studies that revealed the dangers of D-Con rodent poisons. Innocent children, pets, and wildlife should not be put at the risk of accidental poisoning if it can be avoided. Sign the petition below to thank the EPA for protecting children, pets, and wildlife from dangerous toxins.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Bradbury,

I am delighted to hear of the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent decision to ban D-Con mouse and rat poisons. The manufacturer of D-Con products, Reckitt Benckiser, failed to abide by safety standards called for in 2008, therefore, putting many innocent lives at risk of accidental poisoning.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implemented safety measures that required rodenticide companies to manufacture products in a protective tamper-resistant bait station. This type of protective guard would prevent children and pets from accidentally exposing themselves to the poison.

Unfortunately, due to the lack of this safety feature, it has been reported that about 10,000 children are exposed to rodent poison on an annual basis. Instead of adapting their products to this safety regulation, Reckitt Benckiser continued to sell D-Con rodent poisons in a loose pellet and paste form. Reckitt Benckiser also failed to remove second-generation anticoagulants from their products. These types of toxins are highly lethal and can cause secondary poisoning to non-target wildlife. This type of poisoning occurs when predators and scavengers consume contaminated rodents.

I would like to commend the EPA for making the right decision in removing twelve D-Con rodent poison products from the consumer market. There is no reason for innocent children, pets, and wildlife to be put at risk if there are safer alternative methods for rodent control. Thank you for your work toward protecting human and environmental safety.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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