Ask California Laboratory to Stop Cruelly Poisoning Ground Squirrels

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Target: Paul Hommert, Sandia National Laboratories President and Director

Goal: Stop the cruel poisoning of ground squirrels at the Sandia National Laboratories’ California facility.

Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories, located in Livermore, California, work on resolving some of the country’s most important security concerns. Working on issues such as the development of new biofuels, Sandia National Laboratories’ research is on the cutting edge of technology. It may come as a surprise, then, that such a modern research facility is utilizing cruel, outdated means of pest control on its property.

Sandia National Laboratories has admitted to using poisons to control the ground squirrel population on its California property. Death by poison is usually lingering and painful. Most poisons commonly used to control pest species can take days to kill even small animals. Poisoned animals must suffer through symptoms such as vomiting, convulsions, internal bleeding, and paralysis before finally dying. Furthermore, when placing poison bait stations, there is no way to target specific animals. Orphaned animals whose parents are killed usually die of starvation and dehydration. There is no way to target which species comes into contact with the poison, so non-target wildlife, as well as domestic pets can suffer and die as a result of coming into contact with a bait station or with the body of a contaminated animal.

By signing this petition, you are urging Sandia National Laboratories to stop putting animals at risk with cruel pest control substances. Ask them to employ more humane methods of pest control. Humane methods of pest removal are not only less cruel towards the target pest species, but also safer for the environment, pets, humans, and non-target wildlife species.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Paul Hommert,

This letter is in regards to Sandia National Laboratories’ use of poison to control the ground squirrel population on its Livermore, California property.

Poisoning pest species is considered by many people to be very cruel. After ingesting the poison, animals can suffer from painful and stressful symptoms for days before dying an agonizing death. Not only are these poisons cruel to the ground squirrels that you intend to kill, but they also pose a risk to non-target wildlife species, domestic pets, humans, and the environment.

Please consider removing all bait stations from your Livermore property and utilizing more humane methods of pest control. Even small animals such as ground squirrels are living creatures, and thus deserve our respect. As a leading US research facility, it’s important for you to set a good example for the rest of the country to follow.  Thank you.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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