Compound 1080 and M-44 Elimination Act

Representative Peter DeFazio, (D-OR) is expected to introduce the Compound 1080 and M-44 Elimination Act this fall. This bill would ban two deadly poisons - sodium fluoroacetate, commonly known as Compound 1080, and sodium cyanide, commonly known as M-44 devices - which are used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program to kill thousands of coyotes and foxes perceived as threats to livestock each year. Banned by previous administrations, these poisons have been condemned as cruel, indiscriminate, and dangerous. Non-target victims include domestic dogs, birds of prey, and even humans. The FBI has declared both poisons as "highly toxic pesticides judged most likely to be used by terrorists or for malicious intent."

You Can Make a Difference

Help support these humane bills by contacting your Members of Congress; letters from constituents are invaluable.

Although two of the three bills described on this page have not yet been introduced (this is why we have not provided bill numbers), it is helpful for Representatives to sign on as cosponsors of the legislation even before its introduction. Therefore, please ask your Representative to cosponsor each of the following:

  1. Representative Lowey’s Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act, H.R. 3710;
  2. Representative DeFazio’s Compound 1080 and M-44 Elimination Act; and
  3. Representative Doyle’s Pet Safety and Protection Act


Letters to your Representative should be addressed to:

The Honorable (Full Name)
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

In addition, please write to your Senators asking them to cosponsor Senator Akaka’s Pet Safety and Protection Act.

Letters to Senators should be addressed to:

The Honorable (Full Name)
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510