Help Ban Predator Poisons
Representatives John Campbell (R-CA) and Peter DeFazio, (D-OR) have introduced H.R. 4214- the Compound 1080 and M-44 Elimination Act-- a federal bill that bans the use of two deadly poisons- sodium fluoroacetate, (Compound 1080) and sodium cyanide- presently used nationwide for lethal predator control.
Each year thousands of coyotes and foxes are intentionally killed with these two poisons by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services (WS) program at the behest of agribusiness and private ranchers- at taxpayer expense! Non-target animals, including pets, birds, and threatened and endangered species fall victim to these poisons. People have also been severely harmed by both Compound 1080 and sodium cyanide.
These poisons also pose a national security risk. The FBI has declared both as "highly toxic pesticides judged most likely to be used by terrorists or for malicious intent."
"Compound 1080 and M-44 sodium cyanide capsules are lethal, dangerous and unnecessary poisons," said Rep. DeFazio. "They pose a very serious threat to our nation's citizens, wildlife and domesticated animals. I am pleased to support this legislation, which would halt the use of these needlessly dangerous poisons permanently."
Please write to your Congressional Representative; urge support for and co-sponsorship of H.R. 4214- the Compound 1080 and M-44 Elimination Act:
Submit comments here:
For bill information and to see if your Representative is already a co-sponsor visit:
Points to convey in your letters:
Read Representative Campbell's news release on the bill here.
Watch Representative DeFazio debate this issue in Congress here.
Thank you in advance for helping wildlife!
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