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THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR!
LEGISLATIVE ACTION TO BAN RAT POISONS and SAVE OUR WILDLIFE in CALIFORNIA
Many of you helped get California Legislature Bill AB 1788 pass several hurdles last year:
1) 3 Assembly Committees
2) Full Assembly
3) 2 Senate Committees
It then became stalled at the Senate Appropriations Committee because State agencies requested modifications.
It has just recently come back in play!
It doesn’t do everything, but it is an excellent step that will prohibit the commercial use of second generation anticoagulant rodent poisons.
We would have liked first generation anticoagulants banned also, but that will have to wait.
The next action coming up in the next few weeks (exact date TBD) is a hearing back at the Senate Appropriations Committee.
THERE ARE TWO STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN
I. Send in a letter to the Appropriations Committee (soon, like by early next week).
Organizations especially are important! Include your logo and a signature.
Below at the bottom is a simple sample letter.
Here is the website where you can submit the letters directly to the Committee.
Very convenient!
If you have not done this previously, you need to “Create an Account” first, as indicated at the website.
II. IF YOUR SENATOR IS ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE –
 
CONSTITUENTS ARE THE MOST POWERFUL FORCE!
Here is where you find out who your State Senator is – http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov
Please call your Senator’s office, tell them you are a voter in their district and you support AB 1788 to ban 2nd generation anticoagulant rodent poisons because wildlife is important to you!
You will be speaking to a staff person who will register your concern.
You don’t have to say more than this, but personal expressions from experience would be great.
Here are the seven Senators on the Committee with their local office phone numbers:
1) Senator Anthony Portantino, D 25
North San Gabriel Valley, Angeles National Forest.
Burbank to Rancho Cucamonga
(818) 409-0400,  (909) 599-7351
2) 
Senator Pat Bates, R 36
Laguna Niguel to Encinitas. East to Santa Ana Mtns. Ranch Mission Viejo.
(949) 598-5850, (760) 642-0809

3) Senator Steven Bradford D 35
North central Los Angeles to San Pedro
 (310) 412-6120, (310) 514-8573

4) Senator Jerry Hill D 13
Silicon Valley west to the Coast
(650) 212-3313
5) 
Senator Brian Jones R 38
East of San Diego
(619) 596-3136, (760) 796-4655
6) 
Senator Connie M. Leyva D 20
Pomona to San Bernadino
(909) 888-5360, (909) 469-1110
7) 
Senator Bob Wieckowski D 10
San Jose to Hayward
(510) 794-3900

THIS MUST STOP!

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SAMPLE LETTER

August XX, 2020

The Honorable Anthony Portantino

Senate Appropriations Committee

California State Senate
Sacramento, CA 95814

Re: AB 1788 (Bloom) – SUPPORT

Dear Chair Portantino:

On behalf of [Organization Name], we respectfully ask for your support of AB 1788, the California Ecosystems Protection Act, which takes a commonsense approach to limiting dangerous anticoagulant rodenticide poisons harming our state’s wildlife, through the enactment of a moratorium.

As the pandemic unfolds and people spend more time indoors, we have seen wildlife returning to nature. This return highlights the negative human impact on our environment. From Yosemite to San Francisco, the human impact on these magnificent creatures is clear. They are harmed by numerous human activities including habitat destruction, wildfires caused by climate change, dangerous road crossings, and anticoagulant rodenticides, to name just a few.

Second Generation Anticoagulant Rodenticides (SGARs) pose a significant threat to the wildlife in our state.  A lethal dose of SGARs can be ingested in a single feeding and, most alarming, they can persist in an animal’s liver for up to 100 days. These factors make SGARs especially problematic to predators and scavengers – such as owls, mountain lions, and bobcats – who tend to feed on the animals that have been poisoned with bait. This concern for protection of non-target wildlife, in part, led the California Department of Pesticide Regulation to pull SGARs from consumer shelves in July 2014.

Unfortunately, however, there has been no decrease in the rate of wildlife poisoning from these products since that time. In fact, in recent studies reviewed by California Department of Fish and Wildlife, between 70 to 90% of tested wildlife were found to have SGARs in their systems.

This, and the death of multiple endangered Santa Monica Mountain Lions in the last year due to rodenticide poisoning, has resulted in DPR issuing a new notice of reevaluation in March of this year. AB 1788 takes a commonsense approach by imposing a moratorium on these harmful toxins contingent upon DPR completing its reevaluation in consultation with the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

There is public demand for limitation on the use of these dangerous toxins as demonstrated by the 29 jurisdictions in the State of California – including Humboldt County, Santa Cruz and San Francisco – that have enacted resolutions encouraging residents to avoid buying, selling and using anticoagulant rodenticides.  Since local municipalities are preempted from enacting ordinances outright banning use of rodenticides, such resolutions, coupled with public education campaigns, are the best that local jurisdictions can do to protect their ecosystems and make laws to reflect the will of their residents.  These municipalities – and their residents – are all relying on the state to take necessary steps to protect ecosystems through enacting AB 1788.

It is critical that the State take immediate action to place a moratorium on the use of SGARs in the state, except in limited circumstances, pending the reevaluation of the Department of Pesticide Regulation, in order to prevent the extinction of mountain lions in Southern California and to protect the many other wildlife species at risk in the state. Protecting mountain lions and golden eagles is not just beneficial to these particular species; it is also critically important as these apex predators play an invaluable role in regulating our delicate ecosystem.

For these reasons, [Organization Name] is proud to support AB 1788 and respectfully request an AYE vote.

Sincerely,

[Name]

[Title]

[Organization]