Target: Gladys N. Maina, Secretary of the Pest Control Product Board – Kenya
Goal: Outlaw the use of deadly pesticide carbofuran in Kenya and prosecute offenders
Lion populations have declined by almost 70 percent over the last 50 years, and one chemical in particular is partially to blame. Carbofuran (Furadan), banned in Europe, Canada, and the US, is a powerful pesticide used to poison lions who have killed domestic livestock. The use of carbofuran is especially harmful in Kenya, where lions are diminishing rapidly due to its use. The pesticide, intended to kill aphids on flowers and other crops, is instead sprinkled over a lion’s prey before the animal returns to feed. It then causes an agonizing death by paralysis.
The chemical also kills scavenger animals, like hyenas, jackals, and especially vultures, as well as various other species of African birds. The widespread use of the poison is all part of an effort to protect livestock and food crops. The White-faced whistling duck has been completely eradicated from Western Kenya thanks to carbofuran.
Furadan is produced in the United States by the FMC Corporation, even though it is outlawed for use in the US. After learning about the widespread death of endangered lions in 2009, the company offered to buy back the drug from Kenyans. However, Kenyans can still get the pesticide from Uganda or Tanzania, provided by the local company Juanco Ltd. The Pest Control Product Board of Kenya does not outlaw the drug outright, as it is still allowed in flower farming.
Demand that Kenya’s Pest Control Product Board completely outlaw carbofuran and prosecute smugglers.
Dear Ms. Maina,
For years, the world community has known that the pesticide carbofuran, also known as Furadan, is used to intentionally kill lions and birds throughout Kenya. The lion population in Africa has decreased by 70 percent in the last 50 years, and this practice must be stopped.
FMC Corporation, makers of Furadan, offered to buy back the chemical from Kenyans in 2009 after learning of its use against endangered lions. However, Kenyans can still get the drug over the counter from distributors in neighboring African nations, and it is not illegal to possess or use for flower farming in Kenya.
Kenyan leaders must protect the African lion population. The PCPB in Kenya must outlaw this chemical completely to protect lions and other animals. We also ask that the Board persecute violators who smuggle the chemical across Kenyan borders from neighboring countries.
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