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)

Riverside/El Centro


James Gallagher (Vice Chair)

Chico/Mendocino County


Frank Bigelow

Madera, Placerville, Sutter Creek, Yosemite


Steven S. Choi, Ph.D.

Irvine, Tustin, Orange


Kansen Chu

Milpitas, Fremont, San Jose, Santa Clara


Brian Dahle

Redding, Downie, Truckee, Nevada City


Laura Friedman

Burbank, Glendale, Silver Lake


Cristina Garcia

Bell Gardens, Downey


Todd Gloria

Coronado, Del Mar, coastal San Diego


Ash Kalra

Downtown, East San Jose


Marc Levine

San Rafael, Petaluma, Santa Rosa


Blanca E. Rubio

Azusa, Baldwin Park, San Gabriel Valley


Rudy Salas, Jr.

Hartford, Bakersfield, Kettleman City


Jim Wood

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!


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