Whereas, many rodent poisons, know as rodenticides, kill non-targeted animals such as: cats, dogs and other domesticated animals, also including a wide variety of wildlife; rodenticides are also known to poison humans especially children; the Association of Poison Control Centers receives between 12,000 to 15,000 reports of exposure of children under the age of six to rodenticides annually; and
Whereas, the EPA has determined that some of these rodenticides pose an “unreasonable” risk to children, pets and wildlife; the EPA gave manufacturers three years to remove them from the market with a deadline of June 4th, 2011; some manufacturers have voluntarily complied with this mandate but not all, consequently some of these dangerous chemicals could remain on the shelves for years to come; and
Whereas, diagnostic and therapeutic regimens for treating cases of such accidental human poisonings are very difficult to manage and treatments for the poisoning of wildlife are not generally available; these dangerous chemicals include, brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difenacoum, difethialone, diphacinone, diphacinone, chlorophacinone, bromethalin, and chloecalciferol; alternatives to the above dangerous chemicals are available and are part of a preferable Integrated Pest Management approach to rodent control; and
Therefore be it resolved, that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party supports a ban on the above rodenticides to be implemented immediately; and
Be it further resolved, that the Los Angeles County Democratic party shall communicate this resolution to the Los Angeles City Council, the County Board of Supervisors and the California Democratic Party.
Submitted by the Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains
Passed by LACDP 10/8/13