AB 2596 to be delayed until WildCare’s data are complete

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Photo by Gary Walter

Although there is significant support for the bill among wildlife advocates, Assemblymember Bloom has decided to delay AB 2596, the California Natural Predators Act, until the most up-to-date study results on rat poison exposure in wildlife are available.

Although disappointing, Assemblymember Bloom’s decision makes sense. This bill, AB 2596 expands on rodenticide restrictions put in place in 2014, and additional data are needed to prove that legislation did not go far enough to protect our wildlife.

Those data are primarily coming from WildCare’s Rodenticide Diagnostics & Advocacy (RDAP) program!

Previous restrictions on rat poisons did NOT do enough to protect non-target wildlife like owls, hawks and foxes! WildCare’s data for our current two-year study with the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) shows that there has actually been a 5% increase in the number of poisoned Wildlife Hospital patients since the new rules were implemented.

In 2013 – 2014, 86% of tested wildlife patients had rat poison in their blood. 5% died from it. But from January 2015 to date, 91% of tested patients are shown to have these deadly poisons in their systems!

AB 2596 not only expands the ban on the use of rat poisons to the entire state of California, it increases the scope to also include products containing bromethalin, a neurotoxin that kills 71% of the non-target wildlife that come in contact with it.

WildCare looks forward to helping Assemblymember Bloom successfully pass AB 2596 when he reintroduces the bill.

WildCare Fighting Rat Poison Use for Ten Years

Ten years ago, in 2006, when WildCare started testing our predatory patients for exposure to rat poisons, we didn’t know the extent of the impact our work would have.

Our shocking results— current data shows the percentage of animals carrying deadly anticoagulant rat poisons in their blood to be an astonishing 83% over the lifetime of the project— have helped provide the data needed to galvanize anti-rodenticide movements and government action to protect our wildlife from these deadly poisons.

Our current two-year study, in partnership with the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Department of Pesticide Regulation is being closely followed by wildlife advocates, including Assemblymember Bloom.

Thank you to everyone who has signed WildCare’s petition in support of AB 2596.

We will keep your signatures and combine them with those of new supporters when the bill is relaunched, probably in early 2017.

In the mean time we ask you to help us continue collecting data and advocating for wildlife! Click here to make your gift for positive change today! (Make it a monthly donation, and your gift will be matched for the entire year!)