|Dear Friends of Wildlife,
So many of you have asked us how to protect our wildlife, pets, and children from rat poison.
THIS IS OUR CHANCE!
Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), a champion of wildlife who successfully banned the use of these products in state wildlife areas, has introduced new legislation, AB 2422, that would restrict the use of anticoagulant rodent poisons in California once and for all.
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation pulled 2nd generation anticoagulants from consumer shelves in July 2014, but there has been no decrease in the rate of wildlife poisoning. Why? Because, despite our ongoing actions, a giant loophole allowed the pest control industry to continue using them.
AB 2422 would restrict 1st and 2nd generation anticoagulants, both of which are responsible for wildlife deaths and “sublethal” impacts that affect the ability of wildlife to survive and thrive. Northern spotted owls, San Joaquin kit foxes, and Pacific fishers are threatened species being endangered by these poisons. A 2018 study by UCLA and others found that these poisons are affecting genes that regulate bobcat immune systems. 70-90% of predator species populations have poison exposure, including hawks, owls, coyotes, foxes, bobcats, and mountain lions. See PoisonFreeMalibu.org for the complete story.
Please tell Water, Parks, and Wildlife (WPW) committee members and their staffers that you are tired of seeing our valuable natural predators wiped out and sickened by these horrible poisons that have infiltrated California’s ecosystems, and that you strongly support AB 2422 and want the ESTM committee to pass it.
It is very important, if you live in a member’s district, to let them know you are a constituent. Politicians listen to their voters!
The WPW Committee hearing is on April 24, 2018. We need your help by this weekend, by Sunday April 15, 2018, to contact the committee members via email and phone to urge them to support this bill. (Contact info below.)
Suggestions for phone calls or email (personalizing with your own experience is effective)
1) Short email: “As a California resident, I am greatly concerned about the unacceptable impacts rat poison are having on our state’s wildlife. Rat poison in the food web is destroying our valuable natural predators—including hawks, owls, foxes, bobcats, mountain lions—all of which control rodents better than any poisons do. I strongly support AB 2422, which would restrict the use of the worst of these poisons, and urge the WPW committee to pass this bill.”
2) Phone calls are effective.
3) HERE IS A LONGER SAMPLE LETTER: ab-2422-WPW Sample-letter. Personalize if possible.
Please try to email by April 15.
SEND AN ADDITIONAL SEPARATE EMAIL AND PHONE IF YOU VOTE IN A MEMBER’S DISTRICT!
The email addresses to copy and paste are:
Chinook.firstname.lastname@example.org, Eduardo.email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Wendy.firstname.lastname@example.org, Steven.email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Laura.email@example.com, Todd.firstname.lastname@example.org, Matthew.email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Marc.email@example.com, Devon.firstname.lastname@example.org, Blanca.email@example.com, Rudy.firstname.lastname@example.org, Jim.email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org