Stop Killing Rodents with Inhumane, Dangerous Poisons

Target: Sandra Lyon, Superintendent, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District

Goal: Stop killing wildlife on school grounds with poisons that are inhumane to the animals and dangerous to your students.

A school district is standing its ground and continues to kill small wildlife with inhumane and dangerous rodenticides and fumigants despite a public outcry to stop the practice. The extermination methods being used by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District cause a slow and agonizing death for the animals consuming it and essentially kill the animals by causing them to bleed to death internally. There are plenty of humane options for wildlife control, making poisoning the rodents unnecessarily cruel and senseless.

Making matters worse, these poisons are dangerous to the very children the school district says it’s trying to protect. Simple air exposure to the poisons alone can make a sensitive child playing on the playground ill, and there is nothing to stop children from seeing a poisoned animal and attempting to touch it or pick it up. The poisons are also dangerous to larger wildlife that feed off the target rodents, causing suffering and death up the natural food chain.

Residents of Santa Monica, Malibu and PETA representatives have urged the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District to use safer and more humane extermination methods, but the district remains resolute in poisoning gophers and other rodents despite the torture to the animal and danger to the children.  Sign to apply additional pressure in support of local residents and PETA and demand the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District stop using inhumane and dangerous rodenticides and fumigants for its small wildlife control.


Dear Ms. Lyon,

While I understand that ground rodents pose a risk to the children attending school in your district, how you are choosing to eliminate the animals is even more dangerous. Using rodenticides and fumigants to kill the wildlife found on your playgrounds is not only inhumane to the animals, but also exposes your schools’ children and other wildlife to poisonous toxins that can harm their health.

We have come a long way in pest extermination, and it is common knowledge that poison is not an acceptable method for animal control anymore. By using the poisons to kill gophers and other rodents, you are exposing the animal to hours of suffering and internal bleeding prior to death. No creature should be subjected to that.

Kindly take into account the suffering you are causing the animals that are living in their natural habitat–habitat we have overtaken. Kindly also take into consideration the danger to which you are exposing your school district’s children. When one thinks about both, it becomes painfully obvious that you must find a different method for pest control on your school grounds. Stop using poison to kill rodents on Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District property.


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  1. What kind of sick people would intentionally use lethal poisons that cause long suffering in animals until death.

    This inordinate cruelty is the work of selfish sociopaths!

    I don’t know what kind of threat these animals are posing to school children, but the use of dangerous poisons is even more of a hazard.

    Stop this sickeningly barbaric use of cruel poisons. NO animal should be inflicted with such pain and suffering. The use of torture is the weapon of monsters! There are humane alternatives. Use them!

  2. Shelley Reynolds says:

    How wouldv you like it? think about that

  3. You people are sociopathic….

  4. Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchez says:

    What a horrible excuse for animal cruelty. The schools authorities should be charged to the full extent of the law.

  5. Simon Wooliscroft says:

    You might as well poison the entire school. These poisons are also harming the children you’re supposed to be protecting. Poisoning is not effective, animals simply become immune to it. catch and relocate is much more humane and harms no-one.

  6. Why be cruel & hateful & callous? === We’re talking about innocent, vulnerable animals who are always at our mercy === let’s start to THINK about the suffering & torture these animals undergo === PLEASE, DESTROY YOUR POISONS!

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