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California to Remove Most Hazardous Rat and Mouse Poisons from Retail Sale

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation announced that it is designating the most hazardous rat and mice poisons as Restricted Materials thus removing them from retail sale to consumers, effective July 1, 2014. These poisons, most commonly sold under the “D-Con” label, build up in the bodies of target rodents and can poison animals who eat rodents, including rare, threatened, and endangered wild species and family pets. Jennifer Fearing, California senior state director for The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement:

“Thanks to the leadership of the Department of Pesticide Regulation, California is taking this urgently needed step to protect people, pets and wildlife. We applaud the agency for its leadership on removing these poisons from retail distribution where they can end up being misused or overused, to the detriment of untold numbers of animals.”

Media Contact: Naseem Amini, 240-778-5545, namini@humanesociety.org