California Residents: Moratorium on Rodenticides Needed to Save Wild Animals

California Residents: Moratorium on Rodenticides Needed to Save Wild Animals

Two mountain lions suffered and endured agonizing deaths from rodenticide poisoning very recently in the Santa Monica Mountains of California. These individuals and the other mountain lions they leave behind were already feeling extremely isolated as their species is on the verge of extinction in that region.

Pest control companies thwarted legislative efforts to ban these poisons at the state level this year. Now, mountain lions, coyotes, bobcats, foxes, owls, hawks, rats and mice must wait yet another year for the hope of protection from these cruel and deadly chemicals.

Please urge Governor Newsom to issue an immediate moratorium on rodenticide poisons to protect all animals in the state’s ecosystems. 

By design, rodenticide poisons thin the blood and prevent clotting in the animals who consume them directly, causing excruciating pain and severe bleeding out of every orifice over extended periods of time with the primary individuals affected being from rodent species. The body systems of predators who then consume the rodenticide-poisoned ground squirrels, rats, and mice, are significantly harmed.

These predators suffer from severe mange and eventually die from internal bleeding. Reports show that a young, otherwise healthy mountain lion known as P-30, died from internal bleeding in his brain and abdomen. Approximately five liters of unclotted blood was found in his abdomen, which undoubtedly caused him an excruciatingly painful death.

What YOU Can Do:

Tragically, the death of P-30 was not an isolated case. According to a National Parks Service study, 23 out of 24 Santa Monica mountain lions have anticoagulant rodenticide chemicals in their bodies, including a 3-month-old kitten. Golden eagles, Humboldt martens, San Joaquin kit foxes, Pacific fishers, bald eagles, black bears, and raccoons are also unfortunate victims of rodenticide poisons. An estimated 75% of California’s wild animals have been exposed to these toxic chemicals.

Take action now to protect California’s wild animals! Urge Governor Newsom to take immediate action to issue a moratorium on anticoagulant rodenticides.

1. Call Governor Newsom at (916) 445-2841 to support an immediate moratorium on anticoagulant rodenticide poisons.

Say something like, “Please protect California’s wild animals from cruel and indiscriminate anticoagulant rodenticide poisons before it’s too late. Issue a moratorium on these deadly poisons now.”

2. Contact Governor Newsom on Facebook and Twitter. Urge him to issue an immediate moratorium on anticoagulant rodenticide poisons.

3. Submit our letter by filling out the form on this page.


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