An Act Relative to Pesticides (Massachusetts)
H. 3900 Amendment #222
This amendment in the state budget bill for fiscal year 2024, H.3900, will prioritize science-based animal management and reduce the use of rodenticides.
May 16, 2023
The Animal Legal Defense Fund supports this amendment.
Sponsor: Jim Hawkins (D-2nd Bristol)
“An Act Relative to Pesticides” amendment (Amendment #222 to H. 3900 state budget bill for fiscal year 2024) will:
- prioritize science-based animal management and reduce the use of rodenticides. It also requires digitization of pesticide use forms for better monitoring of the use of Second-Generation Anticoagulant Rodenticides (SGARs).
Why is this amendment important? Rodenticide is not only a painful death for the animals who consume the poison directly, but many non-target animals can be impacted by consuming poisoned animals. Focusing efforts on science-based humane methods of animal management is more humane and better for the environment.
Coalition support: MSPCA; New England Wildlife Centers; Northeast Organic Farming Association; Raptors Are The Solution; Mass Audubon; Charles River Watershed; American Bird Conservancy