Target: The California Department of Fish and Game
Goal: Take action against farmers for spraying illegally grown marijuana with deadly rodenticides
Whether or not we all agree on the legalization of marijuana, there is no dispute when it comes to killing off wildlife to preserve a drug plant–it is not okay. Researchers have recently found numerous bodies of dead fishers, almost-endangered mammals similar to the weasel, in sheltered California forests. The vast majority were infected with deadly rodenticides. Until California’s wildlife departments take action to locate and prevent the sources of the poison, the state’s wildlife will be at high risk.
Because farmers usually plant their drug gardens directly next to state parks, it is guaranteed that wildlife will be exposed. Animals can directly consume the poison from eating the plants or they can prey on smaller rodents who are infected. Their fate is sealed if they ingest it even once, and the manner of death is far from quick; they will suffer from agonizing blood clots and uncontrolled bleeding for many days before they finally die. Still, farmers are willing to put these animals at risk for the sake of selling drugs. One research group tracked an animal to a site that was sprayed with over one hundred pounds of the deadly toxin. Veterinary scientists such as Mourad Gabriel push for increased environmental protection, and he notes that the deterioration of this animal would be damaging to the entire ecosystem because the fisher is an “umbrella species.” This means that protecting the fisher would indirectly protect other animals too. To preserve it is to preserve small mammals like the marten and red fox, and in the same way, to put this animal at risk also endangers those that share the same habitat. If rodenticides are allowed to continue infecting forest habitat, the fisher is not the only species that will suffer. This monstrosity must stop.
This deadly practice will wipe out a beautiful creature that contributes to the environment and deserves to live. To protect drugs at the expense of the fisher is wrong and despicable. Rodenticides will continue to kill until the toxic farm sites are sought out and destroyed for good. Tell the California Department of Fish and Game to fight against anti-rodent chemicals in illegal marijuana farms.
Dear California Department of Fish and Game,
Please fight to stop farmers of illegal marijuana plots from spraying their drugs with rodenticides. This poison is responsible for the death of the fisher, a mammal that is an important umbrella species in the California ecosystem. To protect this species can only benefit the environment. I implore you to take action against the murder of these creatures.
Because marijuana farmers cultivate their plants in secluded forests away from an urban setting, forest species are at even higher risk. This must stop. I urge you to locate these sites and shut them down in order to preserve the natural environment of California and allow the fisher to continue its existence.
[Your Name Here]