Target: Brian R. Leahy, Director of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation
Goal: Ban the use of dangerous pest poisons and restrict their sale to save wildlife
Thousands of wild animals have been killed in California as a result of poisoning from pest-killing substances. A recent regulation set in place by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) restricts over-the-counter sales to consumers, but doesn’t go far enough to restrict the sale of harmful substances to pest control companies, or online sales. These substances, such as Second Generation Anticoagulant Rodenticides (SGARs), are responsible for the deaths of thousands of California’s wild animals – some of whom are endangered. Petition the director of the CDPR to strengthen the recent regulations in order to protect California’s wildlife.
Birds of prey, mountain lions, bobcats, foxes, and the endangered California fisher have all been documented in an 800-page report from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife as being harmed or killed by poisons. The poisons are being laid for pests, but when these pests are poisoned and their predators eat them, the predators in turn become poisoned. In this way, the poisons can make their way high up the food chain, affecting many consumers.
Although the CDPR’s decision to restrict sales of SGARs is to be commended, it simply does not go far enough to protect valuable wildlife. People may still buy their poisons online, and licensed pest control companies are also still allowed to use them, meaning the problem of wildlife poisoning will not entirely go away.
Petition the CDPR to further enhance their regulations, and save California’s wildlife.
Dear Mr. Leahy,
Firstly, I write to you in appreciation of your decision to restrict over-the-counter sales of SGARs. This is to be commended after a long battle against tough opposition. However, I must write to you urging a further restriction of the sale of these poisons, both online and for the use of pest control companies.
These poisons – as noted in an 800-page document by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife – are killing thousands of wild animals. By restricting their sales, you will certainly save some animals – but not enough.
SGARs are ingested by rodents and pests, some of whom are then eaten by consumers, potentially poisoning animals high up into the food chain. While people can still buy these products online easily, and while pest control companies continue to use them, there is still a great danger to California’s wildlife – especially endangered species such as the California fisher.
I urge you, Mr. Leahy, to ban these poisons and promote other forms of pest control such as snap traps and devices which will not harm wildlife if they eat the pest animals. Ban pest control companies from using poison and place stringent restrictions for online sales.
I respectfully ask that you consider the true affect of these poisons on your wildlife. Protect California’s wildlife which is at the mercy of harmful substances before some species are wiped out in your state.
[Your Name Here]
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