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. FEED THIS STUFF TO THEIR FAMILIES AND SEE HOW FAST THIS SHIT GONE! … KARMA SUCKS … YOU ALL WILL FIND OUT HOW BAD!

  2. Evelyn Ball says:

    As a Canadian I am absolutely disgusted with the way people treat animals in this country especially in Alberta. Instead of killing innocent animals maybe the idiots should use their brain to find a humane way to deal with overpopulation which is our fault in the first place! As far as I am concerned this poison should be stuffed down the throats of all those involved! So sick and tired of our worthless overrated species thinking it can kill off any other species because it inconveniences us.

  3. What a disgusting evil cruel inhumane way to control animal population. So sick of stupid humanity, their selfish problems are easily resolved with the most abhorrent killings of innocent animals. Maybe their ignorant government officials can try the poison on themselves first. There are more humane ways to deal with the issue. BAN that stupid pesticide!!! Monsters!!

  4. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    Use of ALL anticoagulant rodenticides must be BANNED EVERYWHERE NOW. They cause slow, excruciatingly painful deaths from internal organs liquefying and bleeding out, and affect NON TARGET ANIMALS who eat those poisoned.

  5. Sandy Menden says:

    Stop killing gophers!!!

  6. This is unacceptable. I can not understand how people can kill innocent animals . This is nothing
    but a painful death. These people need to be subjects to their own killings.

  7. Ann Atkins says:

    Evil demonic savages controlled by satan to destroy what God created with so much Love. Burn in everlasting hell you all will for sure!!!!!

  8. Jaime Perez says:

    There is no excuse or reason to use this horrible substance on innocent animals. Humans are so vile, cruel and disgusting to animals.

  9. Animal abusers must have the death penalty implemented. I am ready, willing and able to help perform this procedure!

  10. THIS IS CRUEL AND DISGUSTING AND SICKENING AND HEARTLESS!! POISONS KILL OUR POOR ANIMALS SLOWLY – AND THEY SUFFER NEEDLESSLY AND SENSELESSLY. PEOPLE CAN BE SO DESPICABLY CRUEL AND HEARTLESS. THESE ARE LIVING FEELING BEINGS. HOW WOULD THEY LIKE IT IF SOMEONE IN THEIR FAMILY CAME UPON THESE POISONS!! THESE POISONS NEED TO BE BANNED AND OUTLAWED.

  11. I read so many Truly Evil Things that Human Unkind do to our fellow beings of this planet. It fills me with despair we do NOT own this planet, yet we seem to thing we can treat all other species with such distain, why is this are we so blind and foolish as too even think we are the guardians of the planet. Oh we are so not all we do is destroy & kill, we are the blight, we are the shameful beasts. We need to start and repair and save NOT KILL.

  12. What about the subhumans overpopulation???? What kind of solution about it????

    • Tammy Rossetti says:

      Oh no politicians have the balls to control human over population. We are breeding like fat pigs all over here.

  13. Tammy Rossetti says:

    I am shocked hearing this!! I had no idea, and I have not seen many gophers the past few years and was actually wondering why.

    I can tell you that if I camped in the area and my dog was poisoned, I would sue until the parks closed I promise. This is disgusting. I officially do NOT defend Alberta Parks until I hear the morons are doing better.

  14. Stop the horrific, painful and disgusting cruelty on these poor innocent animals. This is so appalling and it must be stopped now and we the public are watching and demand that happens!

  15. What you’re doing to these animals is terrible. Does anyone care that they are suffering horrible painful deaths! I guess not or you wouldn’t be killing them in this most hideous way. Shame on all of you who think this is alright.

  16. I strongly agree these animals deserve to be treated in a humane manner.

  17. If You shove a hot iron up these Animal abusers’ asses then they’ll bleed from their anuses too!!! I LOVE THAT IDEA!!! RENEE CARIGLIA 💪🏼🇺🇸

  18. I would personally feed this to all of their kids while they watch. Then we have to work on the makers of glue traps, yet another inexpensive cruel torture device for animals.

  19. Charleen Murphy says:

    Absolutely horrendous!! Evil disgusting humans! hope these filthy disgusting ppl die a slow & pain filled death!! Poor little gophers!! No human has a right to take the life or harm at all any animal ever!! So sick of people!!

  20. Charleen Murphy says:

    Poor little guys they’re so cute! & Precious God’s creatures! & the other animals who have died or been very sick from it 🙁 🙁 so bad, how could someone even 🤔 of doing this!!!??!?

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