Thank you to everyone who wrote and called their legislators. Though the bill was amended to exempt agricultural activities and federal entities, this legislation is still a much-needed step towards removing poisonous chemicals from our environment.
Assembly Bill 2657 prohibits the use of rodenticides or products containing certain second-generation anticoagulants in environmentally sensitive areas, such as state parks.
"Anticoagulants can have very negative effects on the local animals and plants that encounter them," said the bill author's, Assembly Member Bloom.
"Therefore, it is essential that our wildlife and ecosystems are protected from these harmful substances."
Anticoagulant exposure interferes with blood clotting, resulting in uncontrollable bleeding and death, even from a single feeding. Exposure can ripple through the food chain, spreading from smaller animals to the predators that feed upon them.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife has documented anticoagulant poisoning in at least 25 wildlife species in California alone, including foxes, black bears, and owls. More than 300 animals, including endangered species, have been killed by these poisons in California in the last two decades.
In the Southern California Mountain Lion Project, Dr. Winston Vickers reported that of the 30 deceased lions tested in the Santa Ana Mountains, all of them had from 1 to 5 of these harmful compounds in their systems. While the full impact these poisons have on lions is still unknown, two lions in the Santa Monica Mountains died directly from anticoagulant rodenticide poisoning.
Last month the famous Griffith Park mountain lion (named P-22) who was featured in National Geographic photographed in front of the Hollywood sign was recaptured by researchers. He was suffering from a bad case of mange and blood tests came back positive for rodenticides.
AB 2657 passed the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee on April 29, as well as the Assembly Appropriations Committee, with the help of 265 hand written letters from MLF supporters all over the state.
Committee staff noted that these were the only letters from individuals in support of the bill. Organizations supporting the bill included Mountain Lion Foundation, Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club California, and HSUS.
If you live outside California, please forward this page to your California friends and consider sharing it on Facebook.
If you live in California you can help by contacting Governor Brown and asking him to sign AB 2657 into law. A few minutes of your time could make a big difference for California's wildlife.
Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160
Please also send MLF a copy of your letters and emails. PO Box 1896, Sacramento CA 95812 or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Your email can be as simple as:
Dear Governor Brown,
Please sign AB 2657 to ban poisons (anti-coagulants) in wildlife habitat areas.
add a sentence about why you care
print your full name and street address
Thank you so very much for taking the time to help protect California's wildlife!
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