Target: Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey
Goal: Praise efforts to penalize antifreeze manufacturers for failing to add bittering agent.
Poisonous antifreeze companies will now be required to add a bittering agent to the chemical to prevent animals from consuming it. This issue was brought up amid outcry over the poisoning of a dog named Bella. The dog drank antifreeze that was alleged to have been deliberately left out by a deranged neighbor. Her kidneys began to fail, and she had to be euthanized. Sadly, Bella’s story is not uncommon. Curious pets can be enticed by the aroma and sweet taste of antifreeze, yet the substance is horribly toxic once ingested.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, antifreeze can first cause the animal to appear groggy and disoriented. Later symptoms include vomiting and gastric ulcers. It can send the animal into kidney failure and into a coma, eventually resulting in death. Poisoning by antifreeze is a horrible way for an animal to die; there is little doubt that it is an incredibly painful experience.
Although companies that manufacture antifreeze are starting to pay attention, there is still much work to be done. We need to ensure that there are tough laws in place that require these companies to add a bittering agent to their antifreeze. This New Jersey law would fine manufacturers of antifreeze if they do not include a bittering agent. Such a law is essential since antifreeze poses an obvious public health hazard.
The bill will return to the Senate for a vote before making its way to the governor’s desk. Sign this petition to congratulate New Jersey for the progress that has been made on this issue and persuade Governor Chris Christie to give this bill the go-ahead.
Dear Governor Christie,
I am excited to learn of a New Jersey bill that is in the works which will penalize manufacturers of antifreeze for not adding a chemical that gives it a bitter taste. As you know, the sweet taste antifreeze can be enticing to both pets and children, but it is extremely toxic. The ingestion of antifreeze can lead to kidney failure, unconsciousness, and eventually death.
It’s just common sense that such a substance should be regulated. It poses an obvious public health hazard. We need to ensure that manufacturers of antifreeze are doing everything in their power to minimize the danger that their products pose to both humans and animals. I congratulate the state of New Jersey for the progress that has been made in this area, but I also ask that you please do everything you can to ensure that this bill is passed. Together we can make the world a little safer for our pets and children.
[Your Name Here]
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