Restrict Use of Deadly Rat Poison

Target: California Department of Pesticide Regulation

Goal: Protect innocent pets by restricting the use of rat poison.

Rat poison claims many unintended victims each year. These victims include household pets, like cats and dogs, as well as children and wild animals like birds, foxes, bobcats, coyotes, and turkeys.

Currently, a proposal to restrict the availability of these anticoagulant poisons to only licensed professionals is pending before the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a Notice of Intent to Cancel the registrations of these products. This notice was the first step in a long federal process to remove these rodenticides from supermarkets, hardware and home supply stores. California regulation will limit sales and use of second generation anti-coagulant rodenticides to licensed applicators.

These anticoagulant poisons cause painful and slow deaths for rodents and unintended victims. Animals, including family pets, eat the poisoned bait that those who set it intended for rodents, suffer immensely, and die. Unintended victims of these anticoagulant rodenticides in California include a wide range of mammal and bird species, including some that are rare and endangered. Forty-four rare Pacific fishers have been killed, a species that is a candidate for being listed under the federal Endangered Species Act, seventy-two San Joaquin kit foxes, a federally-listed Endangered Species have been killed, and raptors are the most frequent documented victims. More than 150 have been reported as killed by rodenticides, including hawks, owls, eagles, a kestrel, and vultures.

Jennifer Fearing, California state director for The Humane Society of the United States said, “The pervasiveness of rat poisons in urban, suburban, rural and forested areas across California is alarming. Access to the most potent poisons must be significantly reduced to protect people, dogs and wildlife.”

To keep more victims from dying from poisons not intended for them, ask the California Department of Pesticide Regulation to restrict the use of these poisons to only licensed professionals.

Dear California Department of Pesticide Regulation,
Please restrict the use of anticoagulant rodenticides to licensed professionals only. There have been too many unintended deaths as a result of the average consumer using these poisons. Even children have been harmed by these poisons, not to mention the many animals who have been harmed or died because of them.

Restricting these poisons can only do good for the community. No longer will innocents suffer from accidental poisoning. Please make sure that there will be no more protected species who die because of rat poison. Limit the use of anticoagulant rodenticides to licensed professionals only.




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