Help Maryland Ban Arsenic in Chicken Feed
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Help Maryland Ban Arsenic in Chicken Feed

    1. Kristen Ridley
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      Kristen Ridley

      Pasadena, CA

Arsenic has been called the King of Poisons. Unfortunately, it is also a common additive in poultry feed. While the supposed benefits of this practice are unproven, the detrimental effects are all too clear. Arsenic is a known carcinogen and can contribute to heart disease, diabetes, mental deterioration, and more. Even tiny doses can, over time, build up to cause life-threatening problems.

Feeding arsenic to chickens doesn't just hurt you when you eat the meat. It also means that the waste from the factory farms and processing plants is laden with the poison. These wastes are then sprayed over agricultural lands where the toxins seep into the water supply, poisoning the people a second time as well as everything in the environment.

Maryland is the 7th largest poultry producer in the country. Democratic legislators there have introduced a bill that would ban this ridiculous and dangerous practice. Sign the petition and tell the Maryland State Congress to support this bill and ban arsenic in poultry feed!

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      Petition Organizer

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      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      "This is an issue that makes sense to ten out of ten people," Maryland's Del. Tom Hucker recently told the Baltimore Sun. Hucker was referring to legislation that would ban the state's poultry farmers from feeding their birds roxarsone, an...

    3. Reached 3 signatures
    4. Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      This bill will likely be voted on in committee in the next few days. Support a ban on arsenic in chicken!

    5. Reached 2 signatures
    6. How Arsenic in Chicken Harms the Chesapeake Bay

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Drop that chicken nugget! As Change.org previously reported, it's regular practice for poultry farmers to feed their birds roxarsone, an arsenic-based feed additive. While this poisonous supplement certainly poses risks for the local environment and...

    7. Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Arsenic in chicken could harm the Chesapeake Bay

    8. Reached 1 signatures
    9. Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Don't let Big Ag defeat Maryland's ban on arsenic in chickens!

    10. Some Maryland Lawmakers Say, "Let Them Eat Arsenic"

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      As a few Maryland legislatures and the state's Attorney General push for a bill to ban arsenic in chickens, other lawmakers are taking a different stance. "Keep on pumping that poultry full of poison" are the sentiments of some state senators....

    11. Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Some MD lawmakers actually support arsenic in chicken

    12. Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Arsenic is known as the "King of Poisons." Let's work together to get it out of our chicken!

    13. Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Arsenic has been linked to cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other health problems

    14. Reached 500 signatures
    15. Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Food & Water Watch's Patty Lovera testifies on arsenic in chicken feed

    16. Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      MD Attorney General Doug Gansler says he is worried about arsenic in chicken feed

    17. Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Tom Philpott on why we need to end the "insane practice" of lacing chicken feed with arsenic

    18. Will Maryland Stop Feeding Arsenic to its Chickens?

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Want some arsenic with that chicken? Maryland doesn't. Or at least that's what we all hope. On March 1, the Maryland Senate heard testimony on SB 417 (PDF), a proposed ban on the disturbingly common practice of putting arsenic in poultry feed.
      Patty...

    19. Reached 250 signatures
    20. Maryland Says "Hold the Arsenic" for Poultry

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Here's a fun fact: It's common practice in the poultry industry to feed arsenic to chickens. The arsenic — which comes in the form of roxarsone, a feed additive — is intended to fight intestinal diseases and promote growth, but these supposed...

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    • Marcia Everett ANGIER, NC
      • over 3 years ago
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    • J M MILLERS, MD
      • over 3 years ago

      Arsenic doesn't belong in our food supply. We need to ban it.

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    • Barbara Hamilton POWAY, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      As a Sustainability Professional working in the Healthcare Sector, I especially support this legislation. We need to be mindful of the consequences of our actions, and take action to first Do No Harm.

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    • Annie Harlow BRISTOL, VT
      • over 3 years ago

      please plan for a healthier approach to our food supply.

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    • Martha Noble HUNTINGDON, PA
      • over 3 years ago

      This practice should be stopped. Poultry litter is often stockpiled with leaching, including leaching of mobile arsenic into local waterways -- It would be wonderful to see Maryland take the lead and shame other states in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed into passing this legislation.

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