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California: Stop Poisoning Wild Animals to Death! Pass AB 1788 Now!

California: Stop Poisoning Wild Animals to Death! Pass AB 1788 Now!

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After a year of waiting for modifications to be approved, we can finally take statewide legislative action to ban rodenticide poisons and stop the ruthless killing of wild animals who suffer slow painful deaths from severe internal bleeding. Thanks to your support last year, AB 1788 is back on track to end the commercial use of these deadly poisons that are used intentionally to kill mice and rats, while also unintentionally killing predators like owls, hawks, coyotes, bobcats, and mountain lions.

While there are a number of different types of rodenticides, the worst ones around are second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides, otherwise known as super-toxic rat poisons. These poisons aren’t just deadly, they’re incredibly cruel. They leave victims to suffer slow, painful deaths from internal bleeding and because they work slowly, victims may ingest high quantities before dying and becoming a seriously toxic meal for other animals as well.

A lethal dose of poisoned bait can persist in a mouse’s liver for up to 100 days. Owl parents may feed poisoned mice to their babies, who then suffer and bleed to death. People who hire cruel “pest control” companies unknowingly destroy local owl, hawk, and bobcat populations, and put members of multiple other species at risk.

The research is alarming. Over 70 percent of Northern spotted owls tested positive for anticoagulant rat poisons according to University of California, Davis studies. Even worse, more than 95 percent of the state’s mountain lions tested by California Fish and Wildlife have been exposed to anticoagulant rat poisons.

If AB 1788 passes, poison peddlers won’t be able to use rodenticide poisons and this bloody death cycle will end. Thanks to your calls and letters, the bill passed the Senate Appropriations Committee. Now it's heading to the Senate floor and then back to the Assembly before the legislative session ends on August 31. Your participation is essential to pass this bill. Please contact your senator today to support AB 1788 and place a statewide moratorium on deadly rodenticide poisons.

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