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Malibu Agricultural Society Works to Stop Sale of Rodenticides in Malibu

The group asks CVS to no longer carry products that contain d-CON, a commonly used rat poison that kills by causing internal bleeding.

Members of the Malibu Agricultural Society sent a letter in November to CVS asking for the removal of all rodenticide products from its shelves.

"Malibu is surrounded by national, state, county and city parks as well as other preserved natural areas that are filled with wildlife. Not only does the rodenticide kill mice and rats, there is a chain of victims of inadvertent poisoning including snakes, hawks, weasels, opossums, owls, raccoons, foxes, coyotes, bobcats and mountain lions, among others," Kian Schulman, the secretary at the Malibu Agricultural Society, wrote in the letter dated Nov. 2.

CVS, which carries two products that contain rodenticides, Ready Mixed Bait Bits and Mouse Trap, has yet to respond to the letter.

Schulman and others are seeking to stop the sale of products with d-CON, a commonly use rodent poison. It is an anticoagulant which kills by causing internal bleeding.

"Rodenticide in the larger animals causes a weakness to the immune system that produces a slow and painful death. There is extreme emaciation, shock, convulsions and dehydration that can take weeks to kill the animal," Shulman wrote.

In August, James Smith of Sweetwater Mesa that several owls that frequented his property and other wildlife were disappearing. He later discovered that his neighbor had set out rat poison.

More recently, a year-old female mountain lion found dead by hikers in Point Mugu State Park had traces of rodenticide in her system.

J. Flo December 02, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Yes, yes, yes. Many people simply haven't connected the dots. Not done intentionally, it's a lack of education. I sincerely doubt that anyone wants to kill an owl or a bobcat. Education is important, there are other ways to discourage rodents that are safe. Like . . . scented dryer sheets and/or cotton balls dipped into peppermint oil has completely solved our mouse/rat problem inside. :) And smells good! Hav-A-Hart, traps can be used, blocking openings, etc. Every rat problem we've had has been solved without killing or poisoning. A very worthy and kind goal in my opinion, applaud the Malibu Agricultural Society! BRAVO!
Cece Stein December 02, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Thank You Kian for getting the word out and contacting CVS with a plea to stop selling this poison!
Wendi Werner December 03, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Recently, people spoke at a City council meeting regarding private households using pest control services who use poison. One of the Serra Retreat homeowners was unaware that the service he was using was indeed causing harm to the nearby wildlife. He agreed to stop using the service. I only hope that other homeowners take note and that the Members of the Malibu Agricultural Society can also bring this to the public's attention.
Jim Smith December 03, 2012 at 04:08 PM
A very effective way to get rid of rats and mice is the electronic trap . Malibu Hardware sells them and they do not sell rodenticides . Using flashlight batteries , the traps can be baited with peanut butter and the dead rat is disposed of by just tipping the trap . There is no contact with the rat and there are no springs to set . I started using one and quickly got rid of rats and mice that had been avoiding spring traps . Jim Smith
Crittersmama December 03, 2012 at 04:37 PM
The best rodenticide is (gasp!) actual raptors! Ironic that we're killing off nature's best rodenticide with man-made rodenticides.
Hans Laetz December 29, 2012 at 05:42 PM
A coalition of environmental and public health groups urged state regulators this month to reject 2013 registration renewals for the dangerous pesticides known as brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difethialone and difenacoum. The lethal compounds, which are known as second-generation anticoagulants, interfere with blood clotting, resulting in uncontrollable bleeding and a slow, agonizing death, according to the demand letter signed by the Center for Biological Diversity, Californians for Pesticide Reform, Earthjustice and the American Bird Conservancy. The coalition wants the California Department of Pesticide Regulation to end the use of the rodenticides, which toxics experts say can also kill hawks, owls, foxes, mountain lions and other predators that capture poisoned rodents or scavenge their contaminated carcasses. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Toxic-rats-mice-spur-rodenticide-battle-4153464.php#ixzz2GSp1zuvU - From the San Fran Chron:

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