We want to see all anticoagulant and other poisonous rodenticides taken off the market due to their dangerous impacts on children, pets, and wildlife. Once all of these dangerous products are removed from store shelves and pest control companies have stopped using poison bait boxes, we will have succeeded in putting ourselves “out of business.” Until then, we will continue our advocacy and education efforts. Part of our work is to educate people about the value of raptors in their midst. RATS is a project of Earth Island Institute, rated a Four Star Charity by Charity Navigator.
Download our infographic showing how many mice one barn owl can eat in a year.
Download one of our “nesting raptor” posters and put it up in your neighborhood.
Help us get poison off the shelves. Download our brochure (fold in three) and window sign and take them to your local hardware or other store! If you would like some brochures and signs mailed to you, please email us at [email protected] Help us by making a donation!
Here is our brochure for homeowners. (designed for duplex printing)
Download a diagram showing how poison = profits for pest control operators.
See exactly who’s being poisoned with rat poison and watch our latest video by the incredible young filmmaker Ian Timothy.
Also, check out this excellent new web site about safer rodent control, a new coalition that RATS supports.
Read our latest article in the Earth Island Journal.
Second-generation anticoagulant products designed to kill rats and mice are also killing birds of prey, pets like dogs and cats, and many species of wildlife, including several endangered species. Recently, the mate of famous New York City red-tailed hawk Pale Male was confirmed to have died from ingesting a poisoned rat. These products are also poisoning children, even when the products are used in accordance with the directions on the packages. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, between 1999 and 2003, 25,549 children under the age of six had poisoning symptoms after exposure to rodenticides. Seventy-two percent had been exposed to a second-generation anticoagulant rodenticide, brodifacoum, the active ingredient in d-Con. These problems continue. See http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/05/11/HO9Q1ODGD6.DTL&type=green and http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/05/18/HO9Q1OGR0P.DTL
In 2008, the U.S. EPA determined that various rodenticides posed an “unreasonable risk” to children, pets, and wildlife. The EPA gave the companies three years to switch to safer products, but three companies—Reckitt-Benckiser, Spectrum, and Liphatech—refused to do so and have tied up the EPA’s cancellation process in lawsuits. As of February 2013, Spectrum and Liphatech have complied, but Reckitt-Benckiser has vowed to continue to fight the EPA–it doesn’t even want to make its packages tamper-proof for children. RB’s products are sold under the D-Con brand. Second-generation anticoagulant rodenticide products contain brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difethialone, and difenacoum, all rodenticide products not packaged with bait stations. These products contain “second generation” anticoagulant compounds that can poison pets and children and cause hawks, owls, and other wildlife to bleed to death.
RATS (RAPTORS ARE THE SOLUTION) is a broad, national alliance of individuals, non-profits, local governments, and others concerned about the ecological impacts of anticoagulant rodenticides. Founded in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2011 after Cooper’s hawks began dying from eating poisoned rats, we are working with cities and counties throughout California to encourage them to adopt resolutions discouraging businesses from selling dangerous rodenticides. Here is a list of the cities that are leading the way. Read some of the passed resolutions here.
Marin County County Resolution
El Cerrito Resolution
Brisbane–copy of final resolution to come (thank you to SF State students for working on this!)
Foster City–copy of final resolution to come (again, thanks to SF State students!)
Whittier–copy of final resolution to come
Fairfax–copy of resolution to come
Calabasas–copy of resolution to come.
Great horned owl photo by Verne Nelson.