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New California Law Protecting Wildlife From Super-Toxic Rat Poisons Took Effect On January 1, 2021

Increased safeguards to protect California’s native wildlife and domestic animals from super-toxic rat poisons began on January 1, 2021.

The California Ecosystems Protection Act (A.B. 1788) places important restrictions on the use of super-toxic rat poison, known as second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides, to protect animals.

“This common sense step to better protect our wildlife from these dangerous rat poisons should be adopted across the nation,” said Jonathan Evans, Environmental Health Legal Director at the Center for Biological Diversity in a statement. “When there are literally hundreds of safer, cost-effective solutions on store shelves, there is no reason to leave the worst of the worst poisons on the market.”

The new law, introduced by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), requires state regulators to reduce the threats to nontarget wildlife before the new restrictions on second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides can be lifted. It also includes exceptions to protect public health, water supplies and agriculture.

“Rodenticides are known to cause extreme suffering and death to non-target animals such as raptors who are harmed from secondary poisoning,” said Kim Kelly, Director of Legislative Affairs for the Animal Legal Defense Fund. “It makes complete sense to end this cruel practice with much safer alternatives available.”

Despite a 2014 ban on consumer sales, the super-toxic rodenticides continued to be heavily used by commercial operators. The California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s 2018 analysis of 11 wildlife studies determined anticoagulant rodenticides are poisoning a wide range of animals, including: mountain lions, bobcats, hawks, and endangered wildlife such as Pacific fishers, spotted owls, and San Joaquin kit foxes.

“Anticoagulants kill the very wildlife that help us control rats and mice. California is taking a giant step to reduce secondary poisoning and towards a sustainable public health solution,” said Lisa Owens Viani, Director of Raptors Are The Solution.

A.B. 1788 was cosponsored by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Center for Biological Diversity and Raptors Are The Solution.

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Victory! Florida Becomes The 15th State To Ban The Shark Fin Trade After Governor DeSantis Signs Landmark Bill Into Law

In a major victory, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed Bill SB680 into law, making Florida the 15th state to officially ban the shark fin trade. The new law, which comes into effect on October 1st of this year, bans the import and export of shark fins in the state, which was once a hub for the deplorable trade in the United States.

The bill was recently renamed the Kristin Jacobs Ocean Conservation Act, after Florida Representative Kristin Jacobs, who sponsored the House version of the bill. Sadly, Jacobs passed away after a years-long battle with cancer, one month after the Legislature approved the measure.

“Making it through all six committees and ending up with a victory for sharks is something most people believed would never happen,” said Stefanie Brendl, Shark Allies’ executive director, in a statement. “There is more work to be done, but ending the import of fins immediately is a massive accomplishment and a bold first step in the right direction.”

Unfortunately, the newly-signed measure does permit the “sale of shark fins by any commercial fisherman who harvested sharks from a vessel holding a valid federal shark fishing permit on January 1, 2020.” It also allows “the export and sale of shark fins by any wholesale dealer holding a valid federal Atlantic shark dealer permit on January 1, 2020.”

The movement to ban the shark fin trade began in Hawaii in 2010 when Brendl spearheaded the first-of-its-kind legislation that was introduced by Hawaii Senator Clayton Hee. After Hawaii implemented a ban on the trade, sale, and possession of shark fins, 14 states in the U.S. followed along with many Pacific Island Nations. Canada also banned the shark fin trade.

According to Animal Welfare Institute, as many as 73 million sharks are killed each year for their fins alone. Horrifically, after the fins are cut off, most of the sharks are then tossed back into their ocean home to suffer a slow death.

Shark Allies thanked their lobbyists, Senator Travis Hutson, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Fin Alliance, and the #NoFinFL partner organizations.

In conclusion, Shark Allies stated they wanted to thank the ocean warrior herself, Representative Kristin Jacobs.

You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg

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Urgent Call To Action For Californians: Help Ban Use Of Cruel Rat Poison Statewide By Urging Governor Newsom To Sign Bill 1788 Into Law

Tragically, deadly poisons are still actively being used by “pest control” operators.

As recent as last week, WAN reported on the senseless death of another bobcat that died as a result of ingesting a poisoned rodent.

It is urgent that Governor Gavin Newsom sign Bill 1788, The California Ecosystems Protection Act, which will ban second generation rodenticide use in California and the use of any rodenticides in state parks. This will protect countless animals, including mice, owls, hawks, skunks, raccoons, coyotes, rats, bobcats, and mountain lions, from painful and untimely deaths.

Ironically, AB 1788 landed on Newsom’s desk just as bobcat B-372 and mountain lion P-76 both died horrible deaths from uncontrolled bleeding due to rodenticide poisoning.

These recent deaths of innocent animals are even more reason for the Governor to sign this crucial bill into law.

In Los Angeles, noted mountain lion P-22 also suffered from the uncontrolled use of rodenticide. Without treatment for rodenticide poisoning in 2014, P-22 would have perished after much suffering.

Please urge Governor Gavin Newsom to sign this bill before it’s too late for mountain lions and other wild animals.

1. Call Governor Newsom at (916) 445-2841 to support an immediate moratorium on anticoagulant rodenticide poisons.

You could say, “Please protect California’s wild animals from cruel and indiscriminate anticoagulant rodenticide poisons before it’s too late. Please sign AB 1788 into law today.”

2. Contact Governor Newsom on Facebook and Twitter. Urge him to sign AB 1788 into law to ban anticoagulant rodenticide poisons.

3. Submit In Defense of Animals’ letter by filling out the form on their page HERE.

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Breaking! Bill To Ban The Possession Of Wildlife “Trophies” Into California Passes Assembly Committee With 8-3 Vote & Is One Step Closer To Becoming Law

Today, Senate Bill 1175 passed the California Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife by a vote of 8-3. The bill will cut off imports of any wildlife into the state that could spread zoonotic disease like COVID-19 or that are invasive species. The bill will also ban the possession of several commonly hunted species from Africa, such as lions, elephants, and rhinos, among others. Senator Henry Stern, who authored SB 1175, is working with cosponsors of the bill, political advocacy group Social Compassion in Legislation and Center for Biological Diversity.

“California must not be complicit in the brutal wildlife trafficking that threatens our public health and undermines our values. This is our chance to be global leaders by cracking down on this brutal trade with the power of the world’s fifth largest economy. With this vote, we’ve sent another strong message that California is ready to lead,” Senator Henry Stern said in a statement sent to WAN.

A United Nations study published in May 2019, which is the most comprehensive assessment of its kind, found that around one million species are now threatened with extinction, many within decades.

“The factual data in the U.N. study was compiled by multiple nations to identify the threat of this mass extinction, not misinformation being spewed by hunting interest to justify killing majestic creatures to the benefit of a wealthy few,” said Judie Mancuso, President and Founder of Social Compassion in Legislation.

“The NRA, Safari Club, and representatives of Zimbabwe claimed that trophy hunting somehow conserves elephants and other species,” continued Mancuso. “Despite these claims, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service under the Obama Administration found that the management programs in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and Zambia did not conserve these animals and banned the importation of trophies into the United States.”

“Since then nothing has changed on the ground, the only difference is their new friend in the White House, as the Trump administration reversed that scientifically- based decision and thus necessitated that California take the steps in SB 1175,” concluded Mancuso.

The falsehood that hunting fees go to local populations is a myth. The fact is that money spent on trophy hunts goes to the outfitters, the landowners, and government officials. Locals make money off eco-tourism, not trophy hunting.

Other provisions of the bill will create safeguards against importation of live wildlife that could transmit zoonotic diseases or threaten native wildlife.

Globally, a quarter of human deaths are from infectious disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, about 60% of these diseases are considered zoonotic, meaning they jump from other animals to people, and more than 70% of zoonotic diseases originate with wildlife. COVID-19 almost certainly originated in a bat, likely made the jump to another species, potentially a pangolin, and from there to humans. All of this is associated with a live animal market.

“The international wildlife trade not only poses a disease risk to people but is a threat to biodiversity,” declared Brendan Cummings, conservation director of the Center for Biological Diversity. “Whether it’s dead animals brought in as trophies or curios, or live animals imported as pets or food, our unsustainable appetite for wildlife is one of the main drivers of the extinction crisis.”

The  COVID-19 outbreak has led numerous organizations, including elements of the UN and WHO to call for bans or restrictions on the live wildlife trade. With the world facing two massive threats, plague and extinction, it is time for the state to use the tools available. SB 1175 does that, in as far as one state can go.

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