Ask Congress to Put an End to Poisoning Wildlife and Companion Animals

Coyote - Photo from Flickr by Larry 1732

Dear Humanitarian,

This is getting ridiculous. In the last month, three dogs died as a result of cyanide poisoning from deadly M-44 devices set to kill wildlife in a most gruesome manner as part of state and federal government "predator control" programs. An Idaho boy was exposed to cyanide as he watched his dog die from it after they inadvertently tripped a capsule planted by the US Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services program. Two dogs in Wyoming died similar unnecessary deaths. They are not the first innocent victims, and they won't be the last.

Wildlife Services uses sodium cyanide, as well as another lethal chemical, Compound 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate, used in livestock collars), in its predator control programs. Both substances are regarded as two of the world's deadliest poisons and present significant national security threats.

These poisons cause the victim to experience extreme distress, pain, and suffering before death. Besides being cruel, ineffective, costly, and outdated, these poisons are also indiscriminate, killing not only target wildlife but also protected species and—as illustrated above—companion animals. Despite all the evidence, Wildlife Services refuses to account for its use of these chemicals or to even acknowledge their danger.

It is inexcusable for Wildlife Services to use dangerous poisons to control wildlife when far safer, more humane, and less expensive alternatives are available. So it is up to Congress to prevent the agency from continuing to use them. Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) has introduced the Chemical Poisons Reduction Act of 2017 (HR 1817) to ban the use of Compound 1080 and cyanide in predator control programs.


What You Can Do:
Call or write your representative and tell them you want the use of these cruel, indiscriminate poisons by USDA's Wildlife Services to stop. Please ask your representative to cosponsor HR 1817, The Chemical Poisons Reduction Act of 2017. You can email your legislator through AWI's Compassion Index.

Be sure to share our Dear Humanitarian eAlert with family, friends, and co-workers, and encourage them to contact their representative, too. As always, thank you very much for your help!


Cathy Liss

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