Up in the Santa Monica Mountains, P-47 was just going about his job. The mountain lion, studied by researchers since he was 4 weeks old, was part of an ecosystem that keeps rodent populations under control. However, due to eating prey animals dosed with anticoagulant poisons, internal bleeding caused him to die a slow and painful death.
Stop the poisoning of our wild critters. Tell Newsom to sign AB 1788!
(from original post on 7/8/19) AB 1788 – Pesticides: use of anticoagulants. Anticoagulant rodenticides (rat poison) indiscriminately destroys ecosystems and poisons native wildlife such as bobcats, coyotes, mountain lions, owls and hawks. These rodenticides are also one of the top ten pet toxins, injuring or killing household pets who eat either affected rodents or the bait itself. In addition, more than 4,400 children under age 6 were poisoned with these long-acting toxins in 2016, which disproportionately harmed those from low-income families. (More information from Project Coyote and Marilyn Krieger’s article “Rat Poisons Aren’t Selective” here.) We can do better.
UPDATE: After a two-year fight, this bill was finally placed on Governor Newsom’s desk at 3:00 pm yesterday! Now we need him to sign it!
Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I would like Governor Newsom to sign YES on AB 1788. the bill that limits the use of anticoagulant rat poison, which is poisoning native wildlife and destroying ecosystems.
More script if you want it: Wildfires are already stressing our wildlife by destroying habitat. Please remove these toxic substances from the many dangers they are now facing.
Governor Gavin Newsom: email, (916) 445-2841 https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail/