Stop Killing Rodents with Inhumane, Dangerous Poisons

Ground rodents are being inhumanely poisoned on Santa Monica and Malibu school grounds.

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 gives us the right?

    Poisons that affect a whole food chain.
    Sticky papers that cause ghastly prolonged deaths.
    Traps that aren’t checked for days on end so the animal starves to death, or traps that aren’t set up properly so the animal gets a part of its body sliced off.
    Wire snares.

    Which one of those are acceptable to use on living sentient beings who have as much right on this planet as we have?

  2. Pretty sick, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. And you people are supposed to be teaching our children. (Teaching them what? Certainly not values.)

  3. Heather Brophy says:


  4. Stop killing animals-period!!! Every living being deserves to live in peace. Humans did not create life~they have NO RIGHT to take it away.

  5. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    These “educators” have fallen into the common trap of “talking at” people and “teaching at” students, and then failing to listen. The schoolchildren in this district must be beside themselves; this generation has so much more info about the fair treatment of animals than we older “kids” were exposed to. The community’s concerns should be honored.

  6. Why kill them. Relocate them. They deserve to live on this Earth too. How educational is this? Instead of using the animals to teach the students about how they live and their habitat. The educator making this decision should be fired.

  7. Natasha polychuk Natasha polychuk says:

    trap they humanely and set them free!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. STOP with the torture and suffering —- get some rationality and compassion!

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