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Action Alert

Tell the EPA to Ban Super-Toxic Rat Poisons

This action is CLOSED.

Super-toxic rat poisons are killing our country’s native wildlife. These persistent poisons are first consumed by rats, who in turn are consumed by other wildlife, resulting in secondary poisoning and contamination of the food chain. Wild animals who consume these poisons frequently suffer slow and painful deaths.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is conducting an Ecological Risk Assessment on these dangerous rodenticides and taking comments through July 6th. Please take a few minutes to submit a comment urging the EPA to ban these poisons and protect wild animals like mountain lions, bobcats, and Pacific fishers.

Follow these steps to submit a comment:

  1. Using our suggested talking points below, draft a comment asking the EPA to ban super-toxic rodenticides. Be sure to use your own words. Unique comments carry more weight.
  2. Fill out the comment submission form on the EPA website.

Suggested Talking Points:

  • Super-toxic anticoagulant rodenticides have no place in our ecosystem. These persistent poisons are first consumed by rats, who in turn are consumed by other wildlife, resulting in secondary poisoning and contamination of the food chain.
  • While all anticoagulant rodenticides have a harmful impact on wildlife, second generation anticoagulant rodenticides are particularly dangerous because they have higher potency than prior generations of poisons. A single dose has a half-life of more than 100 days in a rat’s liver.
  • These poisons don’t just endanger wild animals, but they also pose a safety threat to children and companion animals.
  • Young children routinely consume poison intended for rodents, confusing the bait for food. Similarly companion animals either consume the bait directly or consume poisoned rodents.
  • Between 1999 and 2009, the American Association of Poison Control Centers received reports of an average of 17,000 humans exposed to rodenticides annually. The vast majority, roughly 15,000, of these exposures involved children younger than six.
  • Please protect our nation’s wildlife and prohibit the use of these pesticides immediately.

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