Stop Killing Gophers With Poison That Causes Bleeding From Gums, Feet and Anus

Target: Jason Nixon, Minister of Environment and Parks, Alberta, Canada

Goal: Ban the use of strychnine as a pesticide for gopher and ground squirrel control.

Gophers and ground squirrels are seen as a pest and the most common form of eradication is strychnine poisoning. This method is unethical, painful, kills many other species of animals and it should no longer be used.

Strychnine prevents muscles from relaxing once contracted, and causes excruciatingly painful muscle spasms. The animal remains fully conscious while their tightened muscles become exhausted and they suffocate. The animals also suffer internal hemorrhages, and bleeding from gums, feet, and anus.

Strychnine is a very potent chemical that easily poisons the land and other species. Non-target animals are unintentionally affected by inhaling powder that was released into the air, coming in contact with the poison, and eating other animals that were poisoned. Burrowing owls, badgers, weasels, hawks, songbirds, bugs, and mice are some of the many species that have been found unintentionally poisoned by strychnine set out for gophers, not to mention the numerous cases of domestic dogs that are killed each year.

Ground squirrels and gophers are overpopulated in rural areas due to poor farm management practices. Deforestation, poorly managed fields, and the elimination of natural predators are all contributing factors to the overabundance, and it is deplorable that widespread use of a horrific poison is tolerated to control a human-caused problem.

Sign the petition to stop the use of this inhumane and dangerous poison.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Honourable Nixon,

Strychnine should not be used as a pesticide to exterminate gophers and ground squirrels. The out-of-control population of these small rodents is the result of poor land management and it is deplorable that the government allows these animals to die in such a horrible way.

Strychnine inhibits nerves in the body and prevents contracted muscles from relaxing, leading to painful muscle spasms and death by asphyxiation in fully conscious animals. The potent chemical also causes internal hemorrhages and bleeding from the mouth, foot pads, and anus.

Many non-target animals are also killed. Birds and other small mammals are unintentionally poisoned by eating bait laced with strychnine, and predators die from secondhand ingestion. Burrowing owls, badgers, weasels, hawks, songbirds, bugs, and mice have all been found dead or suffering on fields where strychnine bait was applied, and numerous pets have also died from inadvertently coming in contact with it.

Strychnine is an inhumane and dangerous pesticide, and I urge you to ban its widespread use in your jurisdiction.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Carmen Edenhofer

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69 Comments

  1. Jason Nixon, Minister of Environment and Parks, Alberta, Canada

    Ban the use of strychnine as a pesticide for gopher and ground squirrel control.

    Gophers and ground squirrels are seen as a pest and the most common form of eradication is strychnine poisoning. This method is unethical, painful, kills many other species of animals and it must no longer be used.

    This is sadism and evilness at its worst.
    Absolutely sickening and unforgivable.

  2. Unbelievable. Unforgivable.

  3. Make those who feed this cruel chemical to any animal eat it themselves. There is no reason why humans should use this kind of sick poison to kill animals. This is the worst, sick, cruel way to try and stop a population of gophers. We must find humane ways of dealing with animals like these, but killing them so cruelly is UNACCEPTABLE!!

  4. American Girl says:

    Moronic, cruel, sadistic fucks! Thus is horrifically cruel. Why,Why,Why???

  5. STRYCHINE is an INHUMANE and DANGEROUS pesticide, and I urge you to BAN its widespread use in your jurisdiction.
    STOP DESTROYING THE BEAUTY and DIVERSITY OF OUR PLANET!
    ANIMALS SHALL NOT BE VICTIMS of HUMAN IGNORANCE, ARROGANCE and SADISM!

  6. HORRIFIC SO INHUMANE!!!! STOP THIS, YOU EVIL SADISTIC PEOPLE DOING THIS!!!

  7. Kelly Wilcox says:

    I DEMAND JUSTICE AND STOP MURDERING THESE PRECIOUS ANIMALS NOW!!! These are beautiful and precious babies that do not deserve to be MURDER by poising them.
    STOP!!! the MURDERING NOW!!!!

  8. Raymond Stevens says:

    The scum that use this shit on animals should be forced to eat the same poison.

  9. Sue stevenson says:

    Lets have some RESPECT for our fellow animals

    Just because their animals doesnt mean they should be tortured

    Inhumane treatment needs to stop now

  10. Julie Bates says:

    Who died and made these ministers GOD ???
    How dare they let shit like this pass
    How dare they !!! To think we voted for them
    Shame shame shame Canada
    I am sooo ashamed!!!

  11. This is what happens when you elect governments that put profits above all else. Shameful.

  12. Oh Canada…horrifying poisoning, AG-GAG, trapping, maiming, torture, debarking innocent dogs, export, etc etc etc Pity animals and people who live there and are murdered trying to help animals!! 😡

  13. No living creature should suffer and be maimed!!!!! Humankind is so evil.

  14. Karma, Threefold Law, The Universe, Abaddon and all The Demons of Hell will punish them all and all animal abusers too. Those will be the side effects of the Covid vaccine when they get vaccinated. They will experience the same pain
    and suffering they have cause an innocent animal. For those who do not get vaccinated the Coronavirus will kill them all. They will also experience the same pain and suffering they have cause an innocent animal. It is done, Ave Satanas.

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