• Petitioned Rakesh Kapoor, CEO and Director

This petition was delivered to:

Reckitt-Benckiser, Inc.
Rakesh Kapoor, CEO and Director
Liphatech, Inc.
Ted Bruesch
CEO, Spectrum Brands
David Lumley

Stop making rat poisons that kill wildlife, pets, and children

    1. Lisa Owens Viani
    2. Petition by

      Lisa Owens Viani

      Berkeley, CA

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--have refused to do so and have tied up the EPA's cancellation process in lawsuits. The products include D-Con, Hot Shot, Rid-a-Rat, and General rodent control products sold as pellets, all rodenticide products containing 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.

Recent signatures


    1. Low income minority children harmed by rat poison more frequently

      Lisa Owens Viani
      Petition Organizer

      Reckitt-Benckiser recently sent a letter to the City of Richmond, California (which passed a resolution urging stores to voluntarily stop stocking anticoagulant rodenticides) stating that as the makers of d-CON, they are "committed to keeping effective and affordable rodent control products available to consumers." In fact, snap traps are cheaper than rat poison. And it is low-income minority children--like those in Richmond--who are disproportionately harmed by rat poison.

    2. The latest victims of rat poison? Bobcats.

      Lisa Owens Viani
      Petition Organizer

      Rat poison is a problem not only in urban areas, but also wild places. See link below for story.

    3. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Debra Hawk BISHOP, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Secondary poisoning - not worth the risk.

    • E Cleek NOVATO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Sticky traps are hazardous to wildlife and should be banned as well.

    • Pamela Williams ALPAUGH, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      These rat poisons are insidious. Better to kill them yourself than to kill them and all the animals that want to eat them.

    • david thomson JEDBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago


    • Sharon Barnett SAN RAFAEL, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Please stop making these poisons. They are killing way too many innocent animals. Become a leader in safe alternatives!


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