Keep Deadly Rat Poisons Off U.S. Shelves

Target: Bob Perciasepe, Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Don’t bow to pressure from rodenticide manufacturers and keep dangerous poisons off the U.S. market

Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency banned 12 types of deadly rat and mouse poisons. These rodenticides pose a serious danger to children, pets, and numerous wild animals, including bobcats, foxes, and raptors. Now, the multinational company Reckitt Benckiser is pressuring the EPA to allow its D-Con Mouse and Rat Control poisons to remain on the U.S. market. Urge the acting administrator of the EPA not to submit to the company’s demands.

Mouse and rat baits accidentally poison approximately 10,000 children a year. Several endangered species in North America also succumb to the toxic chemicals, including the San Joaquin kit fox and the northern spotted owl. These anticoagulant poisons, some of which are still available for purchase in agricultural supply stores, cause animals to bleed uncontrollably upon ingestion, leading to a slow and painful death.

Many safe alternatives exist for controlling rodent populations in rural and urban areas. Rodent-proofing homes, setting non-toxic traps, and encouraging natural predators like owls to roost nearby all serve to cut down on rat and mouse infestations. Poisons might quickly decimate rodent populations, but the collateral damage to non-invasive wildlife, pets, and children is simply too great.

The EPA made the right decision when it banned 12 anticoagulant rodenticides from store shelves. Urge the agency to stand firm on the ban, and keep pushing for the standardization of non-toxic rodent control.


Dear Bob Perciasepe,

The Environmental Protection Agency recently took a bold step forward in defending endangered North American wildlife by banning 12 rat and mouse poisons. These deadly anticoagulants are marketed to home and farm owners wishing to control pests, but ultimately pose a serious danger to children, pets, and wildlife. Many endangered animals, like the northern spotted owl and the San Joaquin kit fox, died after ingesting D-Con Mouse and Rat Control poisons.

Now, the manufacturer of these toxic chemicals is petitioning your agency to lift the ban on its products. Despite the fact that 10,000 children a year are accidentally exposed to rat and mouse poisons, the multinational company Reckitt Benckiser is more concerned with profits than with safeguarding life.

Home and farm owners have many non-toxic options when it comes to controlling rodent populations. Sealing off cracks, setting safe traps, and encouraging natural predation are all viable methods of protecting homes from rat and mouse infestations. There is no reason why such risky products should remain on U.S. shelves.

I implore you not to cave to mounting pressure from Reckitt Benckiser. Keep D-Con poisons off the shelves and away from our children and wildlife.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Reg Mckenna via Wikimedia Commons

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