Ban rat poison use in Michigan

Ban rat poison use in Michigan

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Autumn Rossetto started this petition to Michigan State House and

Rat poison(rodenticides) effect more then just rodents. It is used to control rodent populations however, the poison once out in the community can not be effectively controlled. Wildlife great and small are effect and killed by lethal poisons.

Wildlife and domestic pets are effected by the use of rat poison. A research study at Tufts University in Massachusetts found that 86% of the raptors that came in tested positive for rodenticides(link 1). Pets also are killed by rat poisons. Per the pet poison helpline, poisoning can result in internal bleeding, brain swelling, kidney failure, or even severe vomiting and bloat. Mouse and rat poisons also pose the potential for relay toxicity, meaning pets – and even wildlife – can be poisoned by eating dead rodents poisoned by rodenticides(link 3). Innocent animals are often killed by eating animals that have been already poisoned. Rat poison kills, it kills indiscriminately and once out in the environment it can not be controlled. 

Our wildlife should be cared for and preserved so that generations of future Michiganders can enjoy our state as we have enjoyed it, full of nature and wildlife. We have a chance to stop the senseless and needless deaths of many many innocent animals. In conclusion, it is up to us to determine if we will take action, but taking action now could save our local wildlife before it is too late. 

references and useful links 

https://www.michiganradio.org/post/rat-poisons-take-care-rodent-problems-also-kill-wildlife-and-pets

https://www.discoverwildcare.org/advocacy/take-action-against-rodenticides/

https://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/uncategorized/top-10-most-frequently-reported-poison-dangers-for-dogs-in-2011/

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