Topanga Creek Watershed Committee

Topanga Town Council CommitteeBy Topanga Town Council Committee      August 21, 2020

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Topanga Creek Watershed Committee
August 13, 2020 Dear California Senate Appropriations Committee: The Topanga Creek Watershed Committee is writing in support of AB 1788, introduced by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) and co-authored by Senator Henry Stern. In fact, we wish the bill went even further and banned the use of first-generation rodenticides as well in order to more fully protect humans, domestic pets and wildlife from harm. Why AB 1788 is needed We support the language in this bill that would completely ban second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs) in California. These products are having widespread impacts on our stateā€™s wildlife as well as creating unnecessary risk to the health and safety of our stateā€™s residents and household pets. Since the California Department of Pesticide Regulation pulled second generation anticoagulants from consumer shelves in July 2014, there has been no decrease in the rate of wildlife poisoning from these products. The continued use of rodenticides by licensed pest control applicators perpetuates the circle of poison, exposing non-target wildlife (and even pets) who consume the rodents to the lethal effects of these bio-accumulative toxicants. Social media is rife with examples of neighbors who have lost pets to rodenticides.
Recent scientific studies published in 2018 by UC Davis, the California Academy of Sciences, and others show that 70 percent of Northern spotted owls have been contaminated with anticoagulant rodenticides. A separate 2018 study by UCLA and others found that these poisons are affecting genes that regulate bobcat immune systems.

In addition to harming wildlife, anticoagulant rodenticides pose an unreasonable risk to children who may accidentally ingest these highly toxic poisons. Between 1999 and 2009, the American Association of Poison Control Centers received reports of an average of 17,000 human exposures to rodenticides each year, with 85% of these exposures, (i.e., approximately 15,000 per year), occurring to children less than 6 years of age.

In Sum, AB 1788 is a much needed step in the right direction toward sustainable pest management in the state.

Regards,
Carrie Carrier, Chair, Topanga Creek Watershed Committee
President, Topanga Town Council
Email: carrielcarrier@gmail.com

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