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SPCA applauds Salmon Arm on motion to ban rodenticides

March 18, 2021

The BC SPCA applauds the City of Salmon Arm’s decision to ban the use of all anticoagulant rodenticides on city properties and incorporate humane pest control practices on all public properties. A motion was brought forward by Councillor Sylvia Lindgren following discussions by the city’s Environmental Advisory Committee. The motion passed unanimously March 8th, making Salmon Arm the first municipality to ban rodenticides on public property outside the Lower Mainland and Greater Victoria.

Following public concerns and a wave of municipal changes, Salmon Arm staff reached out to the BC SPCA for resources to explore alternative methods available for humane wildlife control. The BC SPCA has been working over the past year with staff in several municipalities to implement new rodenticide bans, as traditional baiting programs have not solved local rodent issues. Rodenticides in the environment can cause harm to local wildlife, pets, and be improperly disposed of, creating other environmental and public health concerns.

“We applaud the City of Salmon Arm for making progressive and humane pest control a priority for local wildlife and community members,” says Dr. Sara Dubois, BC SPCA chief scientific officer. “Rodent control is unfortunately a necessary practice to keep communities safe and healthy, but there are effective and more humane ways at dealing with the root problems of attractants and waste management.”

To date, the following municipalities have committed to prohibiting the use of anticoagulant rodenticides on all municipal-owned properties within their jurisdiction:

  • District of North Vancouver
  • District of Saanich
  • District of Sooke
  • City of Colwood
  • City of Port Moody
  • City of Victoria
  • City of North Vancouver
  • District of West Vancouver
  • District of Oak Bay,
  • New Westminster
  • District of North Saanich
  • Town of View Royal
  • City of Richmond
  • City of Salmon Arm

Your municipality not on the list? See our tips on how to write to your mayor and council to advocate for ending the use of rodenticides locally:

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