Ban rat poison as method of pest control

Ban rat poison as method of pest control

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Sarah Garden started this petition to Edinburgh City Council and

They shouldn't call it 'rat poison' as it doesn't only kill rats. The bait is laid to target the rats, but once they die - after a 'slow, painful' death lasting days - their bodies lie for other predators that resort to scavenging in our cities of plentiful waste, to consume and themselves be poisoned from. Gulls, foxes, even pet cats.

When it emerged we had a family of rats living nearby and feeding from the contents of the bins, the default control method was rat poison. It's a cruel method, when what the issue is is how we manage our waste. Bin has a hole in the bottom? Fix it! Bin overflowing and attracting rodents? Reduce and recycle!

It's appalling that when the inevitable happens, and animals that thrive on waste, like rats, find a way to our bins, our first recourse to action is to lay out an indiscriminate poison, rather than clean up our ways. Rats can become food for other 'urban' animals that have been displaced from their natural habitat, such as foxes. Once the access to waste problem is dealt with, there are natural pest controllers in the form of other predatory animals that inhabit our city spaces.

In the case of gulls, they have come to nest on rooftops because virtually none of their clifftop and sand-dune habitats are left unspoiled by humans. Gulls are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985. Foxes are also protected against poisoning and a raft of other cruelties. They should be protected from the chance occurrence of being poisoned, and other methods of pest control explored and used first before cruel methods. 

Please sign if you agree that causing a slow, painful death of an animal, which can go on to poison domestic cats, foxes, and birds should no longer be the 'go to' method of controlling rat numbers.

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