Press Releases Super-Toxic Rat Poisons Banned in California by Governor Newsom Millions of wild animals will benefit from this vital protection . Published 4 months ago on September 30, 2020 By PETS+ Staff Share Tweet Two mountain lions among many others who suffered and endured agonizing deaths from rodenticide poisoningin the Santa Monica Mountains of California. Photos: National Park Service (PRESS RELEASE) SAN RAFAEL, CA— In Defense of Animals is applauding Gov. Gavin Newsom for signing AB 1788, which bans the use of deadly rodenticides, otherwise known as super-toxic rat poisons, throughout California. This legislation will protect countless wild animals, many of whom are threatened and endangered, from suffering slow, inhumane deaths. Thousands of In Defense of Animals supporters took actions to support a ban on the most deadly rodenticide poisons. These chemicals move through the food chain, killing mice and rats along with all animals who depend upon them for survival including mountain lions, coyotes, bobcats, hawks, and owls. This new law closes a loophole that allowed unrestricted commercial use of rat poisons. “This bill is truly a life saver for wild animals in California who have been the victims of cruel rodenticides for far too long,” said Lisa Levinson, Wild Animal campaigner for In Defense of Animals. “We thank Governor Newsom, our colleagues in the AB 1788 coalition who worked tirelessly to achieve this victory, and all the In Defense of Animals supporters who have taken action.” While there are a number of different types of rodenticides, the worst available are second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides, which include brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difethialone and difenacoum. These poisons aren’t just deadly, but cause any animal who consumes them to suffer a slow and painful death from internal bleeding. These poisons also work slowly, which allows victims to consume large amounts over a period of time. After they die, they become a highly toxic meal for predators and scavengers as they make their way through the food chain, posing a serious risk to wild and companion animals. Advertisement They’ve also been widely documented to cause other problems for wild animals, including chronic mange. In Defense of Animals has worked with a statewide coalition for two years to pass this crucial, life-saving law. Now, four of the six most toxic rodenticides are banned in California. In Defense of Animals is also grateful to Assemblymembers Richard Bloom and Laura Friedman, and Sen. Henry Stern who co-authored this much-needed bill. In Defense of Animals will continue to work to ban the remaining two rodenticides that kill wild animals across the state, but this law will greatly reduce all-too-frequent reports of rodenticide-related wild animal deaths. “Wild mammals now make up just 4% of all mammal biomass on Earth,” continued Levinson. “We will lose wild species forever unless more politicians follow in Governor Newsom’s footsteps to protect wild animals and their habitats if we are to have any chance of halting the sixth mass extinction.” Learn more and take urgent action for wild animals: www.idausa.org/helpwildanimals Advertisement Related Topics: click to Comment(Comment) Advertisement You may like Promoted Headlines Let’s Hear it for the Comfort Zone Tall Tails Category Spotlight: Terry Naturally® Animal Health Category Spotlight: eTailPet Advertisement Latest Trending Videos Press Releases1 day ago Two Companies from Bend Oregon Team Up for the 2021 Stage Stop Sled Dog Race Press Releases1 day ago New Tiki Cat Grill Pate Wet Cat Food Features Real Fish & Seafood Recipes in Broth Press Releases1 day ago Choice Pet Products Welcomes New Territory Manager to the Team Press Releases1 day ago Canopy Animal Health Pet CBD Products Awarded NASC Quality Seal Press Releases1 day ago New Docuseries Shows How Plant-Based Diet Benefits Dogs Headlines4 days ago Open Farm Receives $65M in Private Equity Investment Photo Gallery1 week ago How Indie Pet Stores Are Celebrating — and Selling — Valentine’s Day Press Releases1 week ago Lightspeed Launches Supplier Network for Independent Retailers Columns1 week ago Shelf Appeal: 5 Things to Consider When Choosing Products for Your Pet Store Hot Sellers1 week ago Holiday Toys, Bird Perches and Spa Treatments Among the Hot Sellers for November Trace's Store School2 months ago Video: Trace’s Store School: How to Build Community — and Grow Revenue — with Other Businesses Trace's Store School2 months ago Video: Trace’s Store School: Get Ready for Black Friday and Small-Business Saturday Trace's Store School2 months ago Video: Trace’s Store School Teaches You How to Start a Produce Co-Op for Pets Headlines3 months ago Video: Some Retailers Board Up Due to Election Unrest Fears Trace's Store School3 months ago Video: Trace’s Store School Covers Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Advertisement Advertisement SubscribeBULLETINS Get the most important newsand business ideas from PETS+. 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