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Banning Dangerous Rat Poisons

Case Number # 2498

The American Bird Conservancy, Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife and the Sierra Club, represented by Earthjustice, have taken legal action to support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to ban sales of several harmful rodenticides.

Gray fox suffering from rodenticide poisoning. (Courtesy of WildCare by Melanie Piazza)
Gray fox suffering from rodenticide poisoning.
(Courtesy of WildCare by Melanie Piazza)

The rodenticides at issue, marketed by British-based multinational conglomerate Reckitt Benckiser LLC, under the brand name “d-CON,” do not comply with safety measures established by EPA in 2008 to protect children, wild animals, and pets from accidental poisoning.

The rodenticides interfere with blood clotting and cause the victim to bleed to death. In the absence of safeguards, rodenticides pose a significant risk to bobcats, foxes, owls, and other animals that are apt to eat poisoned rats or mice.

In 2008, EPA ordered companies to re-formulate their products in protective bait stations and to stop marketing the most toxic rodenticides on the consumer market, instead limiting their sale to large containers from agricultural supply stores. Most other manufacturers have been quick to conform.

Press Releases

Monday, March 31, 2014
New rodenticide limits would protect wildlife and pets from poisoning
Monday, April 29, 2013
Manufacturer rejected safeguards against accidental poisonings
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Reckitt Benckiser wants to keep selling product despite risks to children and wildlife
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Rodent-killing poisons also kill foxes, hawks, other wildlife