Ban Rat Poison that Kills Wildlife


Target: Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo

Goal: Ban second-generation rat poison in the state of New York, as this poison kills wildlife

A widely used, over-the-counter second generation rat poison has caused widespread death in the state of New York. A statewide ban on these poisons is already in place in California, and New York is looking to do the same. These poisons not only kill rats, but also kill other creatures such as dogs, cats, birds, and foxes, specifically those living in Central Park. These pesticides must be banned immediately before more damage occurs to the state’s wildlife.

Six wildlife and conservation groups have been fighting for a ban on this pesticide, where they documented more than 225 poisonings since the 1980′s, with more than 30 species being affected, including the horned owl, the golden eagle, deer, screech owls, and Cooper’s hawks. One of the animals killed by this second generation pesticide is Lima, a red-tailed hawk who is the mate to the famous Pale Male. She was found dead in Central Park on February 2012.

The poison is an anti-coagulant, which interferes with blood clotting. It leads to controllable internal bleeding, and then death. A rat can eat more than enough of the dosage to kill it, and when a predator eats the rat, the poison can kill them as well. Central Park has since stopped using these poisons since mid-2011, and instead use snap trap boxes to catch the rodents. However, while the park is looking out for the well being of all animals in the park, residents of New York can still get access to these poisons. Many buy them to get rid of the rats by their trash cans, and hawks will hunt these rats for food, and die in the trees.

It apparent that this problem has grown bigger and affected a variety of species in New York. Urge the governor of New York to place a state wide ban on these second generation poisons, so other species are not killed in the crossfire.


Dear Governor Andrew Cuomo,

Recently, six wildlife and conservation groups are asking for you to place a ban on second generation rat poisons because other creatures, that are not rats, are ingesting these poisons and dying. More than a dozen species are affected by this widespread poison, and the public is growing concerned.

I urge you to place a ban on these second generation rat poisons immediately. These toxins do not only kill wildlife, but they are killing our house pets too. These poisons have also been banned in California, so you can understand the severity of this situation. For the well being of the animals in your state, make this change immediately.


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Photo credit: Edal Anton Lefterov via Wikimedia Commons

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