Help Prevent Wildlife from Being Poisoned

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Massachusetts recently passed a sad benchmark—the first documented case of a Bald Eagle death caused by second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs). Or, in clearer terms, rat poison.

Anticoagulant rodenticides kill rodents by preventing blood from clotting normally. But these rat poison kills more than rodents. Native wildlife, including birds of prey, become unintended victims when they ingest the poison accidentally or eat prey that has already consumed the bait.

Ask your state legislator to support An Act relative to pesticides today! The bill would take an important step towards addressing this growing problem by prioritizing the use of other, non-chemical pest control methods.

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  • Your State Senator or Senators
  • Your State Representative or Representatives

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Message

Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent, I urge you to support "An Act relative to pesticides" (H.3991), filed by Representative James Hawkins.

I'm extremely concerned about the secondary impacts of second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs). Rat poison kills more than rodents. Birds of prey and other wildlife become unintended victims when they consume prey that has already ingested these poisons.



That's why I'm asking you to support "An Act relative to pesticides." This bill would better regulate the use of SGARs, thereby reducing their deadly impacts on birds of prey and other wildlife, by:

* Increasing use of ecosystem-based Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies in Massachusetts, including on public lands.
* Educating consumers about the benefits of IPM and the negative impacts of SGARs.
* Requiring digitization of pesticide use forms, which would make them more accessible and searchable.

Thank you for your support. By improving our approaches to pest management, we can reduce the need for rodenticides at their source AND help our native wildlife thrive.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]