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Conservation Groups and Municipalities Urge Ban on Rat Poisons in California – April 5, 2016

More than 45,000 people support bill restricting use of rodenticides that have harmed people and animals

A coalition of 57 conservation, public-health, research and wildlife-rehabilitation groups, the city of Malibu, Mayor of Richmond, Marin County, and more than 45,000 people have called for prohibitions on the most toxic rat and mouse poisons because of the unnecessary risk to wildlife, pets and children.

photo of a tapPhoto by Diana JacobsA coalition of conservation groups and municipalities have called for prohibitions on the most toxic rodenticides.

The coalition will hold a rally this afternoon at the state Capitol in Sacramento urging support for Assembly Bill 2596, introduced by California Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), and calling for an… more

by: Lisa Owens Viani

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Bobcats Are the Latest Victims of Rat Poison in California – January 22, 2015

Poisons meant to kill rodents are indiscriminately killing everything else, including birds and animals that prey on them

The recent deaths of three bobcats in Santa Cruz, CA are yet more tragic evidence of the toll rat poison is taking on our wildlife and how it has infiltrated the environment. One of the bobcats still had a young kitten with her, who ran off when Duane Titus, with Wildlife Emergency Services, approached them. The two other bobcats were hit by cars.

Bobcat in the wildPhoto by Dave HarperA wild bobcat in Contra Costa County. Most animals are not exposed to just one poison but a toxic cocktail of several different types of poison.

We know that when predatory animals — like… more

by: Lisa Owens Viani

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Reckitt Benckiser to Scrap Over-the-Counter Rat Poisons, But We Aren’t Celebrating Yet – June 10, 2014

Two other toxic anticoagulants and several poisons are still available to consumers and the pest control industry

It seemed like cause for celebration at first — the announcement that after six years of stalling, Reckitt Benckiser had finally agreed to comply with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s orders on some of its dangerous d-CON brand consumer rat poisons. But exactly what does this agreement do to help prevent more poisoning of raptors and other wildlife, children and dogs?

two fledgling great horned owls.Photo by Dave HarperFledgling great horned owls. Poisoned rodents can end up killing other animals and raptors that eat them.

Reckitt Benckiser has agreed to phase out production of 12 of the second-generation anticoagulant products it… more

by: Lisa Owens Viani

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d-Con — Our Next DDT? – April 4, 2014

Reckitt Benckiser sues California over ban on rat poison that kills wildlife

Last week I wrote about California’s new plans to ban over-the-counter sales of certain anticoagulant rodenticides that are taking a huge toll on the state’s wildlife (Read the report here). But no sooner had the Department of Pesticide Regulation announced the ban, to begin on July 1, than the biggest manufacturer, Reckitt Benckiser, fired back with a lawsuit.

hawk Photo by Dave HarperThe magnificent golden eagle is another species that has been poisoned by anti-
coagulent rodenticides.It is not just California’s groundbreaking new rules the maker
of d-Con is fighting. Reckitt Benckiser has been fighting the US Environmental
Protection Agency for years.


by: Lisa Owens Viani

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Why California’s Ban on Retail Sale of Toxic Rat Poisons Isn’t Enough – March 27, 2014

Licensed pest control operators will still be allowed to use rodenticides that kill wildlife and pets

Reckitt Benckiser, the maker of d-Con rat poison, has held the US EPA hostage for the past several years, keeping it from implementing stricter rules about the use of dangerous rat poisons—the products that are killing pets and wildlife. But on March 18, after several years of pressure from Earth Island project Raptors Are The Solution (RATS) and many other groups, as well as from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation took a giant leadership step by making these “second generation anticoagulants” harder for consumers to use.

Santa Rita MountainsPhoto by Grendl on FlickrA Cooper's Hawk… more

by: Lisa Owens Viani

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