Let's Ban Rat Poison!
AB 1788 is a state bill authored by Assembly Member Richard Bloom that would ban the “second generation” category of anticoagulant rodenticides in California, and the use of any rodenticide within California State Parks. This bill would protect countless wild animals from the harmful effects of secondary poisoning (for more info on this problem, see our rodenticide page).
Currently, the bill is being reviewed by the Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials (ESTM).
Due to a change in the commenting process, we can no longer forward letters via a form on our website. Comments must be received via this online portal:
Once you have created an account (this takes only a minute), select that you support AB 1788, and leave your comment (see screenshot below).
You can copy and paste the following, or use the bullet points as a guide to explain in your own words:
Dear ETSM Committee:
I am a Citizen for Los Angeles Wildlife, writing to urge you to support AB 1788.
•When wild predators eat rats who have consumed anticoagulant rodenticides, they in turn show symptoms of poisoning. This can lead to death from mange or internal hemorrhaging.
•Nearly 75% of wild animals in California test positive for rodenticide exposure. In the Santa Monica Mountains region, 94% of mountain lions and 92% of bobcats have rat poison in their system.
•At least 29 animal species in California are affected by secondary poisoning, including endangered species such as the San Joaquin Kit Fox.
•Rodenticides are not necessary for effective pest control, and have been shown to have a counterproductive effect by weakening and killing natural predators of rodents.
Here is a sample screenshot: