Wednesday, April 3, 2019
In Support of AB 1788, California Ecosystems Protection Act
We need your help getting an important bill, AB 1788, the California Ecosystems Protection Act, over the next hurdle – the Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee. Last week, the bill passed its first committee, but your voice is needed to make this bill law.
If your assemblymember sits on this committee, they need to hear from you before April 9th! Make a brief phone call today (see numbers below) asking them to support AB 1788 and protect wild animals like bobcats, bald eagles, and the endangered Pacific fisher. If your assemblymember does not sit on the committee, please call the committee chair, Asm. Eduardo Garcia.
Sample Message: I am your constituent, and I care about protecting California’s wildlife. Please support AB 1788, the California Ecosystems Protection Act.
This bill would ban second generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs) throughout the state, except for agricultural use or by special permit. It would also ban the use of less potent, though still very dangerous, first generation anticoagulant rodenticides (FGARs) on state-owned lands.
Rodenticides (rat poisons) designed to kill rodents are poisoning California’s native wildlife. Rodenticides are consumed by rats, who in turn are consumed by other wildlife, resulting in secondary poisoning and contamination of the food chain. Rodenticide poisoning is widespread. A recent analysis of 11 studies found that more than 85% of California mountain lions, bobcats, and Pacific fishers have been exposed to these dangerous poisons.
If you’re not sure who your assemblymember is, find your representatives here.
Members of Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee
Eduardo Garcia (Chair)
James Gallagher (Vice Chair)
Madera, Placerville, Sutter Creek, Yosemite
Steven S. Choi, Ph.D.
Irvine, Tustin, Orange
Milpitas, Fremont, San Jose, Santa Clara
Redding, Downie, Truckee, Nevada City
Burbank, Glendale, Silver Lake
Bell Gardens, Downey
Coronado, Del Mar, coastal San Diego
Downtown, East San Jose
San Rafael, Petaluma, Santa Rosa
Blanca E. Rubio
Azusa, Baldwin Park, San Gabriel Valley
Rudy Salas, Jr.
Hartford, Bakersfield, Kettleman City
Mendocino, Humboldt, coastal Sonoma
If enacted, California would become the first state to prohibit these cruel products. Help us make history and urge your assemblymember to support AB 1788.
Thank you to Raptors Are The Solution, for the heads up!