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Petition to Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller

Urge Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller to cancel use of warfarin laced bait

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has approved the use of a poisoned bait that he says may herald a "hog apocalypse" in a state where an estimated 2.5 million hogs roam. His intent is for the bait to be laced with warfarin, which is used as a blood thinner but has proven lethal to hogs. The bait will be infused with a toxic amount of warfarin, the same ingredient used in blood clot prevention medicine for humans. It is probably safe to assume that public hearings across the state where citizen input is heard were not conducted, nor a call for written public input, or an environmental impact statement prepared. This announcement will allow the use of bait to be laced with warfarin, across Texas. If bait is to be applied in areas used for grazing, all livestock must be removed and excluded from baited areas before applying this product and for at least 90 days after toxic baits are removed from bait dispensers. Much is at stake: It will increase the risk to livestock, grazing lands (whether fenced or open), rangeland, forests, non-crop areas, and crop lands -- that will threaten habitat for imperiled wildlife, from bald eagles and the red-cockaded woodpecker to the southwestern willow flycatcher and the golden-cheeked warbler. While the acute avian toxicity of warfarin indicates that it is practically non-toxic to game birds. In subacute studies, warfarin ranged from moderately toxic to practically non-toxic to upland game birds and waterfowl. Another source indicated that a mallard duck study was performed with a 10% formulation of warfarin. This formulation of warfarin was considered moderately toxic to mallard ducks when administered as a single dose. However, when exposed for a period of 14 days, 4 out of 5 ducks died. According to the Environmental Protection Agency: This product may be toxic to fish, birds and other wildlife. Dogs and other predatory and scavenging mammals and birds might be poisoned if they feed upon animals that have eaten the bait. Do not apply this product directly to water, to areas where surface water is present or to intertidal areas below the mean high-water mark. Do not contaminate water when disposing of equipment wash waters. Please act now to urge Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller to cancel this use of warfarin laced bait and protect our way of life, wildlife, water, and communities from harm. Photo: Robert Bailey/Audubon Photography Awards

Mark Olinger
1,217 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Jerry Brown

Save the Salmon: Stop the Delta Tunnels Plan

The purpose of the California Water Fix and Eco Restore (AKA the Bay Delta Conservation Plan), as proposed by California governor Jerry Brown, is to carry fresh water from the Sacramento River under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta toward the intake stations for the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project (0). However, many findings and studies by experts suggest this plan will cause more harm than good. The construction of the tunnels is estimated to be around $24.5 billion, and, among other factors, will be destructive to Delta ecosystems (3). The Delta Tunnels of the California Water Fix plan will not ease California's growing water crisis, and it will also endanger a number of habitats and species, including the Chinook salmon. This already endangered species will in turn have a devastating effect the dwindling population of the Southern Resident Killer Whales, whose primary diet is Chinook Salmon. As a teen resident of California and someone who is passionate about wildlife, I urge you to educate yourself on this topic and sign this petition. "Under a plan called the California Water Fix (formerly known as BDCP), a pair of twin tunnels, 40 feet in diameter, will be constructed 150 feet underneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The tunnels would run about 30 miles, from south of Sacramento to north of Tracy"(1). "The models used to gauge the damage to salmon showed a zero percent chance the tunnels would help winter-run Chinook salmon. Instead the modeling showed a slow steady decline towards extinction for these salmon if the tunnels are built and operated as currently envisioned. . . The NMFS science and the peer review both make clear the current twin tunnels proposal will likely drive the salmon to extinction and will harm other wildlife. GGSA has no option but to oppose this project.” --John McManus, Golden Gate Salmon Association executive director For more fast facts and rebuttals about this plan, click here.  "Governor Brown continues to push for the construction of the Delta Tunnels. After claiming that California would lead “the Resistance” against Donald Trump in his State of the State Address on January 24, Brown later praised the president for his plan to spend $1 trillion in infrastructure funding. Delta advocates fear that Brown will try to make a deal with the Trump administration to approve the permits to build the California WaterFix" (2). Alternative Solutions (As suggested by Restore the Delta and California Water Impact Network): Strengthen the existing Delta levees. Reduce the amount of water taken from the Delta and retire toxic farmland. Increase natural flows of fresh water through the Delta. Increase reliance on local water supply and improve water capture and storage. Better management of groundwater basins. Improve fish screens at existing delta pumps. Make water a true public trust.

Cami Hoffman
517 supporters